2014 State Legislative Session

During the 2014 state legislative session, which begins March 10th and concludes on  June 2nd, Louisiana Right to Life will be actively pushing legislation forward to protect women and unborn babies.  In addition, Louisiana Right to Life will work to stop anti-life legislation. 

2014 Pro-Life Legislative Updates:

2014 Pro-Life Legislation:

  • HB 388: Unsafe Abortion Protection Act; Authored by Representative Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe)

    Rep. Katrina Jackson
    • The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act has three main components:

      • HB 388 will require abortion providers to have admitting privileges within 30 miles of a local hospital. The surgical instruments and procedures used to forcibly terminate a healthy pregnancy subject women to dangerous risks that have often resulted in death and other serious complications. Louisiana  law requires surgeons in facilities classified as "ambulatory surgical centers" to have admitting privileges at local hospitals so that the physician can admit and treat his patient if an emergency arises. The proposed law would require the same standard for surgical abortion providers. The bill tracks the language of a 2013 Texas law that was reinstated as "likely to succeed on the merits" by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals following a legal challenge by Planned Parenthood. A final ruling, which legal analysts expect to be favorable, is expected this Spring.

      • HB 388 will clarify that informed consent protections apply to both surgical abortion, as well as to RU-486 chemical abortion. This portion of the bill clarifies that physicians in both private offices as well as in licensed outpatient abortion facilities owe women the same informed consent protections and 24-hour reflection period, whether the abortion is surgical or chemical. These protections include a department of health booklet that depicts the development of the unborn child, the short and long-term medical risks of abortion, information on agencies that provide alternatives, and the opportunity to view an ultrasound and hear the heartbeat of the unborn child.

      • HB 388 will require doctors who perform more than five abortions a year to maintain proper licensing. Current Louisiana law allows physicians to perform 60 abortions a year before being subject to the health and safety inspections that are required of "licensed outpatient abortion facilities." Because every woman is entitled to the protection of regulated safety standards, this bill will require licensure and inspections for physicians who perform five or more abortions per year.

    • Learn more on HB 388's progress in the Legislature and access a copy of the legislation at the Legislature's website.
    • STATUS: HB 388 Passes Overwhelmingly in LA House of Representatives: On March 19th, the House Health & Welfare Committee unanimously passed the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act. On March 31st, the Louisiana House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed HB 388 by a bi-partisan vote of 86-5 vote.

 2014 Anti-Life Legislation: 

  • HB 187 Provides for Surrogacy in Louisiana:

This bill has the unintended consequence of creating a new baby broker industry in Louisiana by enacting a web of regulations that sanction commercialized surrogate pregnancy – sometimes referred to as “wombs for rent.” 

  • Here are a few key facts about HB 187 
    • Similar bills pass in other states show that this legislation gives rise to a new industry that profits surrogate brokers and lawyers who inevitably end up fighting over issues such as coerced abortion of imperfect unborn children as recently occurred in Connecticut. See CNN, “Surrogate offered $10,000 to abort baby” (March 6, 2013).
    • All children that are born via surrogacy or any other method are entitled to the same love and respect due to every member of the human family.  As people of life, we understand the emotional desire that underlies surrogacy efforts.
    • There are other options for couples who experience infertility that do not involve the commodification of women and children to be bought and sold via third-party pregnancy.
    • The current legislation that allows financial compensation under the guise of “reasonable living expenses” allows paying our young healthy daughters to undergo artificially induced pregnancy, and does not exclude paid abortion if the unborn child doesn’t meet some standard of perfection (as provided in standard surrogacy contracts).
  • STATUS: Surrogacy Bill Passes, But With Pro-Life Amendments : On March 25th, the Surrogacy Bill, HB 187, passed the House Civil Law & Procedure Committee adopted overwelmingly the pro-life amendments to HB 187.  As the bill stands now, contracts to govern "altruistic" surrogacy will be possibly, but commercialed surrogacy and forced abortion will be prohibited. To find out more details read our press release.  

Click this link to view and download Louisiana Right to Life's resolution for opposing commercial surrogacy legislation based on paid pregnancy and paid abortion