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Jun 12, 2014
WEST MONROE – Today, Governor Jindal signed two bills into law that will advance the dignity of human life and the safety and well being of women and children. The two pieces of legislation, HB 388 by Rep. Katrina Jackson and HB 305 by Rep. Frank Hoffmann, were included in Governor Jindal’s 2014 Legislative Package.
Governor Jindal said, “I am proud to sign these bills because they will help us continue to protect women and the life of the unborn in our state. These new laws will give women the health and safety protections they deserve, and continue to make Louisiana a state that values individual human life.”
HB 388 by Rep. Katrina Jackson requires common sense safety regulations to protect the lives and safety of pregnant women. The bill, known as the “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act,” requires that a physician performing an abortion have active admitting privileges at a hospital that is not more than thirty miles from where the abortion is performed. The bill brings abortion providers up to the same standards for all physicians in ambulatory surgical centers so they have the ability to admit a patient and to provide diagnostic and surgical services in the case of complications.
HB 388 also clarifies that the "Women's Right to Know" law applies to both chemical abortions and surgical abortions, and the bill requires doctors who perform more than five abortions a year to maintain proper licensing subject to safety and health inspections by the Department of Health and Hospitals.
Rep. Katrina Jackson said, “Women who resort to the traumatic experience of abortion are entitled to have these procedures performed in a safe environment. The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act ensures that surgical abortion facilities are held to the same safety standards of other outpatient surgical facilities in Louisiana, and this initiative will build on our past work to protect life in our state.”
HB 305 by Rep. Frank Hoffmann provides that no individual or organization that performs elective abortion or its affiliates may provide instruction or materials in public elementary and secondary schools or in charter schools that receive state funding. This bill assures Louisiana families that their children are not being targeted by abortion-providing organizations, consistent with current Louisiana law that prohibits school curriculum from promoting abortion.
Governor Jindal thanked Rep. Jackson and Rep. Hoffman for authoring these key pieces of legislation, as well as Dorinda Bordlee, senior counsel of Bioethics Defense Fund, and Benjamin Clapper, the executive director of Louisiana Right to Life, for their work on the bill and on protecting life in Louisiana.
Rep. Frank Hoffmann said, “I am happy to work with Governor Jindal to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent to promote education and life, not to push a private agenda that is deeply unsettling to many of Louisiana’s citizens. Signing this bill will represent an important step in defending the parental right to guide a child’s moral development. It also sends a message that our schools are places of education and growth, not marketing opportunities.”
Bioethics Defense Fund Vice President and Senior Counsel Dorinda C. Bordlee said, “The Bioethics Defense Fund is proud to have collaborated with the Governor and Louisiana legislators to develop cutting-edge legislation that can be customized for other states.”
Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Ben Clapper said, “The overwhelming and bipartisan passage of this life-protective legislation shows that Louisiana continues to be a model for the nation what it means for lawmakers to be both pro-woman and pro-life.”