Louisiana passes three pro-life bills, NC restricts Planned Parenthood funding, and more
June 4, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – As the summer heats up, the nation has passed a number of pro-life bills, especially in the state of Louisiana, where legislators voted to restrict abortion to 20 weeks, assure abortions were performed by physicians, and extend a waiting period from two hours to one day.
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The state legislature went into recess today capping off one of pro-lifers’ most successful sessions in recent memory. The state House unanimously approved a fetal pain bill, banning abortions after the baby reaches 20 weeks of development. Abortionists who violate its terms face two years in prison. If enacted, the law could possibly save 150 babies a year. The campaign promoting the bill has been educating the public about the harsh reality of the violence of abortion.
The legislature also approved a bill requiring women to hear their unborn child’s heartbeat and see a picture of an ultrasound 24 hours before having an abortion. The state Senate also unanimously approved a bill introduced by Rick Ward III, D-Port Allen, that affirms only physicians can perform abortions in the state. All three bills now go to Governor Bobby Jindal, who is expected to sign them.
The state of North Carolina has joined the growing list of states that may restrict funding to Planned Parenthood. The state House passed a budget amendment not allowing the state to finance family planning services. The final budget will not be voted on for a few weeks, according to the Charlotte Observer. Planned Parenthood promises to sue if the amendment becomes law.
Efforts to end coverage of abortion in state employees’ health care plans failed during a budget crisis. Pro-life State Senator Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, hit a compromise with Democrat Brad Hutto to restrict coverage to save the life of the mother. That would eliminate current state funding of abortions in the cases of rape or incest. Pro-life state employees could opt out of the abortion provision, and their premiums would not fund the procedure. The state Budget and Control Board reports the plan has financed six abortions in the last six years.