Published: May 12, 2021
By: Kathleen Peppo | LSU Manship School News Service
BATON ROUGE, La. (LSU Manship School News Wire) – The House passed three bills Wednesday to limit access to abortion.
Two of the bills – one by Rep. Raymond Crews, R-Shreveport, and one by Rep. Julie Emerson, R-Lafayette – would make it mandatory to report more information regarding abortions to the Louisiana Department of Health than is currently required.
The third, by Rep. Beryl Amedee, R-Houma, would require doctors to tell women who have begun the process of a chemical abortion that a potential reversal procedure after the first pill in a series of two exists.
After each of the three representatives presented their bills, Rep. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, asked, “Has LDH asked you to file this bill?”
Each of the three answered no. The Health Department did not voice opposition to or support for any of the bills.
Amedee’s bill, which she referred to as the “Abortion Pill Reversal Disclosure Act,” requires abortion providers to notify patients who undergo a chemical abortion that the first step in the two-step procedure can potentially be reversed.
A 2017 report by the Health Department revealed that there is insufficient evidence to suggest that any sound method of reversal for a medication-induced abortion exists.
Rep. Aimee Freeman, D-New Orleans, voiced opposition to the bill.
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