Legislation and Elections

"The Legislature does solemnly declare and find in reaffirmation of the longstanding policy of this State, that the unborn child is a human being from the time of conception and is, therefore, a legal person for purposes of the unborn child's right to life and is entitled to the right to life from conception under the laws and Constitution of this State."
--Louisiana Legislative Intent Regarding Abortion

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Welcome to our LARTL Legislative Center!

Louisiana Right to Life is committed to enacting legislation in both Louisiana and in the United States that protects and promotes a respect for human life. In our Legislative Center, you can learn about Louisiana's current pro-life body of law, legislative developments, state and national elections, and other crucial information.

The links on the right will take you to the different sections of the legislative center.

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Scorecard Key

  • + means a pro-life vote
  • - means an anti-life vote
  • N: Not an Senate member at the time of voting
  • A: Absent from vote
  • * denotes absence for more than 40% of voting

Scored Votes

  1. Cord Blood Banking Program (2008)
    • HB 861; Authored by Representative Hines
    • Vote on Final Passage; LARTL Supported
    • Establishes the Umbilical Cord Blood Banking Program within the Dept. of Health and Hospitals.
    • Passed and Signed by the Governor.
  2. Human Cloning Funding Ban (2009)
    • HB 370; Authored by Representative Henry
    • Vote on Final Passage: LARTL Supported
    • Prohibits state and federal funding of human cloning in the state of Louisiana.
    • Passed and Signed by the Governor.
  3. Health Care Rights of Conscience Protection (2009) (Amendment #3877)
    • HB 517; Authored by Representative LeBas
    • Vote on Amendment #3877; LARTL Supported
    • Protects certain health care rights of conscience for all health care professionals in the public and private sectors by granting the right to object from certain services.
    • Passed and Signed by the Governor.
  4. Health Care Rights of Conscience Protection (2009)
    • HB 517; Authored by Representative LeBas
    • Vote on Final Passage; LARTL Supported; Amendment placed the bill into its final posture
    • Protects certain health care rights of conscience for all health care professionals in the public and private sectors by granting the right to object from certain services.
    • Passed and Signed by the Governor.
  5. Human-Animal Hybrid Ban (Final Passage)
    • SB 115; Authored by Senator Martiny
    • Vote on Final Passage; LARTL Supported
    • Bans the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos.
    • Passed and Signed by the Governor.
  6. Choose Life License Plate Restructuring (Final Passage)
    • SB 289: Authored by Senator Appel
    • Vote on Final Passage; LARTL Supported
    • Improves the Louisiana Choose License Plate program.
    • Passed and Signed by the Governor
  7. National Abortion Insurance Opt-Out (2010)
    • HB 1247; Authored by Rep. Hoffman
    • Vote on Final Passage; LARTL Supported
    • Opts Louisiana out of the abortion aspects of health care insurance reform
    • Passed and Signed by the Governor; Supported by LARTL
  8. Emergency Abortion Closure Ability HB 1370 (2010)
    • Authored by Rep. Fred Mills
    • Vote on Final Passage; LARTL Supported
    • Provides the Deparment of Health and Hospitals the ability to immediately revoke an abortion facility's license in grave cicumstances
    • LARTL Supported; Passed and Signed by Governor
  9. Ultrasound Before Abortion Act (2010)
    • SB 528; Authored by Senator Broome
    • Vote on Final Passage; LARTL Supported
  10. Amendment #3423 to SB 528 (2010)
    • Senate Amendment # 3423 on SB 528; Amendment Authored by Senator Heitmeier
    • Allowed loophole exception regarding patient doctor relationship http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=708273;
    • LARTL Opposed the Amendment; Vote Failed
  11. Signs of Hope Act (2011)
    • HB 636: Authored by Representative Hoffman
    • Vote on Final Passage; LARTL Supported
    • Requires posting of signage in abortion facility, creates state pregnancy help website, and more.
    • Passed and Signed by the Governor