The Abortion Pill Reversal Disclosure Act (House Bill 578), sponsored by state Rep. Beryl Amedee, R-Houma, received overwhelming support in a 31-7 vote in the Senate, the Louisiana Illuminator reports. The state House previously passed the bill in a 71-27 vote.
[Other bills] include state House Bill 218, which allows safe haven baby boxes to be installed in hospitals to protect newborns from infanticide. The state safe haven law allows mothers to surrender their newborn babies up to 60 days old to authorities without repercussions if they cannot care for their child.
“While the traditional person-to-person Safe Haven relinquishment is preferred, the Baby Box provides women a discreet option instead of abandoning her baby in a manner dangerous for the child,” Louisiana Right to Life explained. “Once the child has been placed in the box, medical care is immediately provided to the child before the baby is placed for adoption …”
State Senators also passed state House Bill 423 to require hospitals to provide data to the state about abortion complications that they treat. According to Louisiana Right to Life, “Since most complications that arise after an abortion are treated by a local hospital instead of an outpatient abortion facility, this legislation is critical to ensure that the state has better data on the rate of complications from abortion.”
Another bill, state House Bill 7, exempts the purchase of diapers and feminine products from state sales tax, thus relieving some of the financial burden on mothers and babies.
Lawmakers also passed state House Bill 357 to strengthen the parental consent requirements for minors seeking abortions. The legislation limits the jurisdiction of a judicial bypass to a judge in the minor’s local area. A judicial bypass allows an underage girl to request permission from a judge rather than her parents. The bill also requires data to be reported to the state about minors seeking abortions through judicial bypass.
According to Americans United for Life, Louisiana is the second most pro-life state in the nation.