H.B. 388 Passes Final Vote in LA House 

 

The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act Awaits Governor Jindal’s Signature

Louisiana State Rep. Katrina Jackson (third from right) with Proponents of HB 388.

Louisiana State Rep. Katrina Jackson (third from right) with Proponents of HB 388.

On Wednesday, HB 388, passed final concurrence through the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, explained what happened during the vote:

“In an epic and unprecedented move, Rep. Katrina Jackson asked all co-authors to stand beside her as she asked for final concurrence on the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act. An applause ensued when the bill passed with only five votes opposing. The overwhelming, bipartisan support of HB 388 shows that this measure is supported by Louisiana.”  

HB 388 will ensure that women who experience complications from abortion, such as hemorrhage, uterine perforation, or infection from an incomplete abortion, are given the highest standard of care possible at a local hospital without any delays.

The bill requires abortionists to have admitting privileges within thirty miles of their facility, clarifies that the “Women’s Right to Know” law applies to chemical, as well as surgical abortions, and requires doctors who perform more than five abortions a year to maintain proper licensing.

The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Jindal sometime next week, and he tweeted that he is looking forward to signing HB 388 into law.