LARTL Opposes HB 813 Without Fundamental Changes
BATON ROUGE – In consultation with Speaker Clay Schexnayder, pro-life legislators, and allied organizations, Louisiana Right to Life (LARTL) is supporting a replacement amendment by Rep. Alan Seabaugh to HB 813 that deletes the current language of HB 813 in its entirety and substitutes with new language that reaffirms current law that Louisiana would protect babies from abortion when Roe v. Wade is overturned.
The amendment would be a replica of Senator Katrina Jackson’s SB 342 that mirrors Louisiana’s Human Life Protection Act in civil code (R.S. 40.1061) into Louisiana’s criminal code. The amendment would follow existing Louisiana law that holds accountable those who perform the abortion rather than the mother. The amendment would also be consistent with current law that addresses abortion separately from birth control and in-vitro fertilization.
“As we have stated, we do not support HB 813 because it is unnecessary to protect life in Louisiana and is inconsistent with our policy of holding abortion businesses, not vulnerable women, accountable,” said Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life. “On the House floor today, Louisiana Right to Life supports an amendment by Rep. Alan Seabaugh completely replacing HB 813.”
He added, “Through Rep. Seabaugh’s amendment, Louisiana will reaffirm its policy to protect unborn children from abortion without criminalizing abortion-vulnerable women. Unless HB 813 is fundamentally changed through Rep. Seabaugh’s amendment, Louisiana Right to Life is asking legislators to oppose HB 813.”