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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2022

Contact: Mary Owens, mowens@sbalist.org 

Bills Would Strengthen Pre-Roe Protections & Safeguard Against Mail-Order Abortion Drugs; Advocates Hope Edwards Will Quickly Sign

Washington, D.C.Today Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America celebrated as the Louisiana Legislature advanced two significant pro-life bills to Governor John Bel Edwards, a pro-life Democrat:

  • B. 388, introduced by State Sen. Sharon Hewitt, prohibits abortion drugs from being dispensed without an in-person visit to a licensed physician and establishes penalties for abortionists who knowingly violate the law, particularly if it results in death or serious injury to the woman.
  • B. 342, introduced by Democratic State Sen. Katrina Jackson, strengthens existing protections for unborn children on the books in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned.

“Louisiana is a deeply pro-life state where both sides of the aisle come together to safeguard unborn lives and women’s health,” said SBA Pro-Life America’s Southern Regional Director Caitlin Connors. “The strong majority of Americans support greater protections for the unborn and their mothers, but President Biden and the true pro-abortion radicals in Washington would trample their will. Working hand-in-glove with the abortion industry, they push to enshrine a ‘right’ to abortion on demand up to birth in federal law and flood every post office and pharmacy with dangerous abortion drugs. We thank the legislature, Sen. Hewitt, Sen. Jackson, Ben Clapper and Louisiana Right to Life, and all our local allies fighting on the side of the people.

“Few Democrat governors today have the courage to stand up to Biden and other extremist party leaders in defense of the unborn. We look forward to seeing Gov. Edwards sign these life-saving protections without delay.”

Multiple peer-reviewed studies confirm that women are at risk of severe side effects after taking chemical abortion pills, including heavy bleeding, intense pain, and even death. Women are also twice as likely to be admitted for surgery if their abortion pill-related complications are miscoded by emergency room personnel as a natural miscarriage.

In addition to Louisiana, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Montana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas have enacted state-level safeguards against mail-order abortion drugs, with additional states considering action.

Alternatives to Abortion: Louisiana’s “Women’s Right to Know Law” ensures that women are informed that the father of the baby is liable for child support if a woman chooses not to have an abortion, that there are state agencies that can assist women during and after pregnancy, and that adoptive parents often pay the medical costs associated with carrying a child to term.

Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is a network of more than one million pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders. 

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