Representative John LaBruzzo of Louisiana (R-Metairie) has filed legislation that would ban all abortions in the state. The bill would subject both a woman who has an abortion and her doctor to charges of feticide. Penalties range from 5 to 15 years in prison.
LaBruzzo claims the bill is designed to take on Roe v Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. He said he does not think the proposal is controversial. “When it comes to abortion and guns, even the Democrats are on the same page with the Republicans,” he said. In 2008, LaBruzzo proposed paying poor women $1000 each to have their Fallopian tubes tied. He also suggested providing tax incentives to higher-income couples to have more children.
Julie Mickelberry, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast said, “It is time for elected officials to stop playing politics; we don’t need laws that threaten women’s health.”
House Bill 587 is scheduled to be addressed during the regular session which begins today. It is assigned to the House Committee on Health and Welfare.