La. Senate Advances Mandatory Counseling Measure

May 28, 2014 — The Louisiana Senate voted 30-4 to pass a measure (HB 1262) that would require women seeking abortions to be given written materials on the potential impact of the procedure, as well as information on human trafficking, abuse and the illegality of coerced abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports (DeSlatte, AP/Sacramento Bee, 5/27).

 The information also would list resources for women facing any of those situations (Women's Health Policy Report, 4/11). Abortion providers would have to distribute the information at the start of the state's 24-hour mandatory delay before a woman can receive an abortion.

The measure now returns to the state House for a final vote (AP/Sacramento Bee, 5/27).