Louisiana’s Unsafe Abortion Protection Act easily passes House, on to Senate
By Dave Andrusko
Louisiana’s Unsafe Abortion Protection Act easily cleared another hurtle Monday when the state House of Representatives approved HB 388 by an overwhelming vote of 85-6. The bill now heads to the Senate.
“We are thrilled that the Louisiana House of Representatives overwhelming passed HB388 to protect the health and safety of women,” said Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life. “This piece of common-sense legislation will ensure that women who may experience complications from a surgical or drug-induced abortion receive the best treatment available. We commend Rep. Katrina Jackson and the House for their action on this important piece of legislation, and we look forward to HB 388 becoming a part of Louisiana law.”
HB 388 requires “abortion providers” to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles to handle the inevitable complications. Given that the number of chemical abortions is soaring, HB 388 also requires the same anonymous statistical reports be sent to the Department of Health and Hospitals for RU-486-induced abortions that are required of surgical abortions. Emphasis on the word “anonymous.”
As Rep. Jackson explained, under current Louisiana law an abortionist may “perform up to 60 abortions a year before being subject to the health and safety inspections that are required of ‘licensed outpatient abortion facilities.’ Because every woman is entitled to the protection of regulated safety standards, this bill will require licensure for physicians who perform five or more abortions per year.”
Just as is the case with surgical abortions, women will wait 24 hours to have a chemical abortion under HB 388. Abortion clinics are required to report these abortions to the Department of Health and Hospitals.
Rep. Jackson explained what motivates this legislation in just eight words: “Members,” Jackson said on the House floor, “this is about the safety of women.”