Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Louisiana House Committee Passes Abortion Ban

Louisiana's State House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice approved a near-total ban on abortion last Wednesday and the bill, already approved by the Senate, is moving to the House floor for debate. The House Committee approved the ban after attaching an amendment to permit abortion only in order to save the womans life or in situations in which the womans life would be permanently impair[ed], reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. There are no exceptions for cases of incest or rape. Speaking to the Times-Picayune, spokesperson Julie Mickelberry of Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta said the bill puts politics above the health and safety of womenYou are not taking a womans health into consideration. According to the Associated Press, Representative Monica Walker (D) had suggested an amendment that would reverse the ban in cases of incest or rape to the Committee.

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