Several bills being supported to regulate abortions in Louisiana

Pro-choice protesters rallied outside of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge on Tuesday as legislators advanced several abortion bills. (Photo credit: Hunter Lovell, LSU Manship School News Service)

By: Lauren Heffker & Hunter Lovell, LSU Manship School News Service

Published: May 21, 2019

BATON ROUGE–Abortion continues to top the legislative agenda this week as Louisiana lawmakers in the House Health and Welfare Committee supported several bills on Tuesday that would further regulate abortions in the state.

Two key proposals would require abortion providers to give their patients detailed background information before performing an abortion and permit abortion facilities to report suspected human trafficking crimes to law enforcement.

Both bills were sponsored by Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, and now move to the House floor for final passage.

One of the bills would change the existing Women’s Right to Know law, which means that women must give informed consent prior to having an abortion.

Mizell’s proposed legislation would expand the existing law. Abortion providers would have to supply written information about their background, including qualifications, past conduct and the location of the physician’s residency.

In Louisiana, patients can research their doctor’s qualifications, but information about the identities of physicians who perform abortions is not disclosed online.

Read more in KALB.

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