Contentious debate in Senate over abortion bill amendments

By Justin DiCharia

BATON ROUGE — What was thought to be a routine amendment to placate senators calling a ban on abortions for genetic abnormalities unconstitutional may unintentionally have rendered the bill moot.

House Bill 1019 passed the Senate 29-6 over the claim that the bill was unconstitutional and reminders that the state is in no financial shape to cover costly legal challenges and one senator’s accusations of rampant hypocrisy in the chamber.

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