abortion laws

nrlc.org

Members of the House Health and Welfare Committee invoked their faith Wednesday, as they approved a bill to expand the wait time for abortions to 72 hours.

“I feel blessed to be here, so thanks for bringing the bill,” Bossier City representative Mike Johnson told the bill’s author, Frank Hoffman of West Monroe.

Representative Dodie Horton of Haughton quoted scripture.

“God creates life. He says He forms the baby in the womb and He knew our parts before they were formed, actually,” she said, paraphrasing Jeremiah 1:5.

 With a 34 to 3 vote, the full Senate has approved HB 388, requiring doctors who perform any abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice.

“There are parts of the state where there is no hospital within 30 miles, period,” protested New Orleans Senator J.P. Morrell. “That would make it impossible for there to be procedures done in rural areas.”

A bill that would impose tighter restrictions on abortion providers is headed to the House floor. Monroe Representative Katrina Jackson is the author of the measure, HB 388, which requires any doctor who performs more than five abortions annually to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of his or her practice. That rule is not just for those who perform surgical abortions, either. It’s required for doctors prescribing the so-called “abortion pill”, also known as RU-486.

Jim talks with Secretary of Health & Hospitals Kathy Kliebert about what's happening, amid health care reforms, in the state's largest agency.

Terri Burke, with the Texas American Civil Liberties Union, discusses new abortion laws in the Lone Star State.

Audio should be posted by 11 am on Wednesday, July 24