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For Immediate Release
May 21st, 2014 
Contact: Sarah Zagorski

Three Pro-Life Bills Pass Unanimously in LA Senate Health & Welfare Committee 


Baton Rouge, LA.-Today, three pro-life bills, HB 305, HB 1262, and HB 1274, passed unanimously through the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. These bills will ensure the following:
  • HB 
    Benjamin Clapper, Louisiana Right to Life; Deanna Candler, Law Students for Life of America; Rep. Frank Hoffmann; Ryan Verret, Louisiana Right to Life 
    305 provides that no representative of a business or organization that performs abortion may provide instruction in schools that receive state funding. This will ensure that organizations with financial interest in abortion, like Planned Parenthood, cannot teach children.
  • HB 1262 provides life-saving information about the psychological impact of abortion and on the dangers of the sex trafficking industry to women prior to an abortion.
  • HB 1274 provides life sustaining procedures for pregnant women. 
During the committee hearing various senators and proponents voiced their positions. 
Author of HB 305, Rep. Hoffmann (R-West Monroe), said:"This bill isn't about sex education. This is about abortion businesses teaching in schools." Proponents of HB 305 also mentioned that teenagers often struggle with post-abortion syndrome which include depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide and guilt.


Dorinda Bordlee, Senior Counsel of the Bioethics Defense Fund, applauded the passing of all three bills. Referring to HB 1262, she said: 

HB 1262 will ensure that victims of sex trafficking who are often coerced into abortion clinics receive a "Point of Rescue" brochure. The Point of Rescue brochure will offer resources for women and girls who are victims of the sex trade. It will also offer women hotlines for free counseling before abortion, as well as post abortion counseling if they are experiencing psychological trauma of abortion or have experienced coercion. 

Rep. Badon (D-New Orleans), author of 1274, discussed the importance of life sustaining care for pregnant women. He said: "This is a simple bill that gives the unborn child a voice in an unfortunate situation". Senator Nevers also explained why he supports the bill. He said, "If I have to decide, I will side on the side of life". 

Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, also applauded the vote: 

"Over the past few years the Louisiana Senate Health & Welfare Committee has become increasingly pro-life. We thank all the members of the committee for standing with Louisiana by voting yes to common-sense legislation that protects women and unborn children."  



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