Would ensure there is no right to abortion in state constitution
BATON ROUGE – On Tuesday, the Louisiana Senate Judiciary A Committee approved HB 425, the Love Life Amendment, authored by Rep. Katrina Jackson.
“We commend the members of the Senate Judiciary A Committee for moving HB 425, the Love Life Amendment, forward to the Senate floor for further consideration,” said Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, after the hearing. “This constitutional amendment will ensure there is no right to abortion in our state constitution. We must act now as a pro-life state to respond to states like New York who have legalized abortion to moments before birth.”
Clapper continued, “In the committee, there was ample discussion about ‘exceptions’ such as rape and incest. It’s important to remember that the Love Life Amendment only ensures that the state Supreme Court cannot find a right to abortion in the state constitution. As Rep. Jackson’s committee amendment today clarifies, HB 425 leaves all consideration of the legality of abortion, and therefore these exceptions, to the state legislature and not to judges.”
Dorinda Bordlee of Bioethics Defense Fund explained, “Just last week, the Kansas Supreme Court found a state constitutional right to abortion. The Love Life Amendment would prevent that from happening in Louisiana.”
The Love Life Amendment now heads to the Senate floor for further consideration.