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LA House Passes Anti Abortion Bills Without Rape Or Incest Exceptions

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—One bill criminalizes selling abortion pills through the mail, the second measure would close all abortion clinics, criminalize most pregnancy termination actions, and send physicians who perform the procedures to prison.

Last night The Louisiana House approved two anti-abortion bills in advance of the anticipated U.S. Supreme Court ruling to overturn the landmark Roe vs Wade ruling which for almost 50 years, has made it Constitutionally legal for a woman to have an abortion.

These bills add to the so-called “trigger law” which would go into effect if the high court overturns Roe. One bill criminalizes selling abortion pills through the mail. The second measure would immediately close all abortion clinics, criminalize most pregnancy termination actions, and send physicians who perform the procedures to prison. Both bills: Senate Bill 342 and Senate Bill 388 were passed overwhelmingly. The only exception for abortion would be if the mother’s life were at risk.

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Rep. Cedric Glover (D) of Shreveport presented an amendment to SB-342 that would provide exceptions in the case of rape or incest but his proposal was defeated by 37-62 vote.

Rep. Democrat Cedric Glover of Shreveport proposed an amendment to SB-342 to include exceptions. “One of those two exceptions should be in the case of incest and the other case should be in the event of a rape,” Glover said.

But Glover’s amendment died on a 37-62 vote, The legislation now returns to the Senate for review of the wording, if approved the bills head to Governor John Bel Edwards's desk.