May 30, 2014 — The Louisiana House on Thursday passed a bill (HB 1262) that would require women seeking abortions to be given a pamphlet on the potential impact of the procedure, human trafficking and the illegality of coerced abortions, the AP/Alexandria Town Talk reports (Deslatte, AP/Alexandria Town Talk, 5/30).
The information also would list resources for women facing any of those situations. 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 (Women's Health Policy Report, 5/28).
The bill passed without debate in an 87-0 vote.
The bill now proceeds to Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who is expected to sign it. The measure would take effect 30 days after the state health department publishes a notice that the pamphlet materials have been approved and are ready for distribution.
Measure Requiring Care for Brain-Dead Pregnant Women Advances
Separately, the state House sent to a legislative compromise committee a measure (HB 1262) that would require health care providers to continue medical support for pregnant women who are brain dead until childbirth if an obstetrician determines that the woman's life "can reasonably be maintained in such a way as to permit the continuing development and live birth of the unborn child" (AP/Alexandria Town Talk, 5/30).
The state Senate earlier this week added new language to the bill that would permit a woman's spouse, children, parents or siblings to make the final decision (Women's Health Policy Report, 5/28).
State Rep. Austin Badon (R), the bill's sponsor in the House, is trying to remove that language before the bill's final passage (AP/Alexandria Town Talk, 5/30).