La. Senate Advances Bill Restricting Pregnant Women’s End-of-Life Care

May 28, 2014 — The Louisiana Senate approved in a 36-2 vote a bill (HB 348) that would require health care providers to maintain medical care for pregnant women who are brain dead until birth if an obstetrician determines that a woman's body "can reasonably be maintained in such a way as to permit the continuing development and live birth of the unborn child," the AP/Sacramento Bee reports (DeSlatte, AP/Sacramento Bee, 5/27).

The chamber approved new language in a 20-18 vote that would permit a woman's spouse, children, parents or siblings to make the final decision.

Nevers argued against the change, saying that physicians should do everything possible to "protect that unborn child."

However, state Sen. J.P. Morrell (D) said, "What you're talking about is having the government decide what happens to your loved one if [she is] on life support. ... That should be terrifying to people."

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