La. House Bill Would Categorize Coercing Minor's Abortion as Abuse

May 3, 2013 — A Louisiana House committee on Wednesday approved a measure (HB 278) that would add coercing a minor into an abortion to a list of acts that constitute child abuse, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The bill -- proposed by state Rep. Valerie Hodges (R) -- defines coercion as the use of force, intimidation, threat of force or deprivation of food or shelter.

According to the Times-Picayune, the bill would not allow exceptions if the girl's health or life is at risk, except in cases of ectopic pregnancies, but it would allow parents to suggest a daughter obtain an abortion in cases of fetal demise or if she is in the process of miscarrying (Adelson, New Orleans Times-Picayune, 5/1).