Gov. Bobby Jindal said Friday he wants the Legislature to approve legislation that puts new restrictions on the operation of Louisiana abortion facilities.
The legislation is similar to a law adopted amid controversy in Texas last year which is expected to result in the closure of all but six of the state’s abortion clinics by September.
The bill would require abortion doctors to maintain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital – the same standard imposed on physicians at ambulatory surgical centers. In addition, a woman must be provided with the same information under the Woman’s Right to Know law regardless of whether her abortion is performed surgically or pharmaceutically.
“Promoting a culture of life in Louisiana has been an important priority of mine since taking office,” Jindal said in a news release announcing his support of the legislation, House Bill 388 sponsored by state Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe.
” In this state, we uphold a culture of life that values human beings as unique creatures who were made by our Creator.”
Jackson said 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.”
The legislation is part of Jindal’s legislative package for the 2014 regular session which opens Monday.
Another bill in the package, House Bill 305, would bar employees of abortion clinics and affiliates from promoting a pro-abortion agenda to students at public and charter schools. It would also prevent abortion clinic employees from distributing to public or charter schools or their students any material created by or bearing the identifying mark of any abortion clinic or its affiliates. The bill is sponsored by state Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe.