HB 388, the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, is designed to protect the health of women who opt to abort their babies by ensuring that their abortionists have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of where they perform the murderous procedure. The restriction will likely force the closure of abortion clinics in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Jindal also signed another pro-life bill, HB 305, which prohibits any group which performs abortions from providing sex education instruction or materials to public schools in the state. The new law “assures Louisiana families that their children are not being targeted by abortion-providing organizations, consistent with current Louisiana law that prohibits school curriculum from promoting abortion,” explained a press statement released by Gov. Jindal's office.
“I am proud to sign these bills because they will help us continue to protect women and the life of the unborn in our state,” said the governor as he affixed his signature to the two bills during a signing ceremony at First Baptist Church in the city of West Monroe. “These new laws will give women the health and safety protections they deserve, and continue to make Louisiana a state that values individual human life.”
HB 388 was sponsored by Democratic State Representative Katrina Jackson, who said she championed the bill because “women who resort to the traumatic experience of abortion are entitled to have these procedures performed in a safe environment.” She emphasized that the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act ensures that “surgical abortion facilities are held to the same safety standards of other outpatient surgical facilities in Louisiana, and this initiative will build on our past work to protect life in our state.”
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