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Dismemberment Ban, Bill to Protect Unborn from Disability Discrimination Sail Through Louisiana House

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that came from Louisiana Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate.

This afternoon, two key pro-life bills, part of Louisiana Right to Life’s Legislative Package, passed through the House floor in sweeping bi-partisan fashion.

  • HB 1081, the Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Act authored by Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Bossier), would protect unborn babies from the barbaric practice of dismemberment abortion. The legislation passed 83-0 (Rep. Ted James changed his vote afterwards).
  • HB 1019, the Unborn Child Protection from Disability Discrimination Act authored by Rep. Rick Edmonds (R-Baton Rouge), would protect unborn children who have been diagnosed with a disability in the womb from being singled out for abortion simply based on their status as disabled or potentially disabled. The legislation passed 75-1.

Deanna Wallace, Legislative Director for Louisiana Right to Life, stated after the votes: “While our mission is to protect both the mother and the unborn child, we cannot forget the fact that unborn babies are being dismembered, torn limb from limb, through abortion. We are thrilled the Louisiana House of Representatives, in an overwhelmingly bi-partisan fashion, took action to protect these vulnerable children through HB 1081. We believe the debate will change when our nation realizes the barbaric reality of abortion in America.”

Wallace continued, “In addition, HB 1019 protects those unborn children who have been diagnosed with a development disability. These diagnoses, which can be wrong from time to time, should not equate to a death sentence for an innocent, unborn child.”

Louisiana Right to Life looks forward to both pieces of legislation receiving a fair hearing in the Senate.

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