2 Pro-Life Bills Easily Approved by Louisiana Legislature; Await Governor’s Signature

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards

BATON ROUGE – Two key pieces of pro-life legislation passed the Louisiana House of Representatives in the past two days and are headed to Gov. John Bel Edwards for his signature.

“The two main pieces of 2017 Louisiana pro-life legislation sailed through the Louisiana House by an overwhelming margin and reaffirm the pro-life majority of our Legislature,” said Benjamin Clapper, executive director of Louisiana Right to Life.

SB 128, authored by Sen. John Milkovich (D-Shreveport) and carried on the House floor by Rep. Kenny Cox (D-Natchitoches), adds an additional layer of protection to prevent the sale of the dismembered bodies of babies after abortion. The House passed the measure today by a 93-0 vote. The bill was also unanimously approved in the Senate on May 1.

Yesterday, SB 111, authored by Sen. Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton) and carried on the House floor by Rep. Frank Hoffman (R-West Monroe), passed the House by a vote of 93-0. It previously passed the Senate on May 17 by a vote of 29-6.

SB 111, the Screening for Exploitation of Minors Before Abortion Act, enhances parental consent requirements before an abortion to prevent fraudulent identification of adults claiming to be the girl’s parents and strengthens screening for coerced abortion, crimes against the child, or sex trafficking during judicial bypass proceedings.

“Once signed by Gov. Edwards, these bills will strengthen our body of pro-life laws,” Clapper added. “SB 111 ensures greater protection of minor girls from predatory threats, including those trafficking these young women in commercial sexual exploitation. SB 128 takes a proactive step to ensure organizations like Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast cannot cut up the bodies of aborted babies for profit.”

Dorinda Bordlee, Senior Counsel of the Bioethics Defense Fund, consulted on both pieces of legislation.