Legislation in Louisiana would Allow Murder Charges for Abortions, even if Roe v. Wade isn't Overturned
Louisiana lawmakers claim they will enact the bill even if it goes against the Supreme Court ruling...
Roe v. Wade has brought on an onslaught of politicians showing their true colors. In Louisiana, lawmakers are advancing legislation from hell which would give the state government the ability to redefine personhood to begin at the moment of fertilization and would allow prosecutors to charge anyone who undergoes or provides an abortion with murder.
The bill, HB813, would also allow the state to disregard any federal court rulings which may contradict the new law and grant the legislature the right to impeach and remove any state judges that attempt to block it from taking effect. Strangely feels like a dictatorship.
“If more than 15 states can defy the federal government over marijuana, we can do it to save the lives of innocent babies. We cannot wait on the Supreme Court to confirm that innocent babies have the right to life in Louisiana.”
Said Representative Danny McCormick, who is the author of the suggested legislation.
Regardless of whether the draft opinion turns out to be the final decision on the Roe v. Wade debacle, McCormick claims that his bill would take effect regardless. The committee showed concerning approval just less than 48 hrs after the leak. Religious organizations were the largest backing McCormick had. However, Chris Kaiser, advocacy director of the ACLU of Louisiana says the bill is “a barbaric bill that would subject people to murder prosecutions, punishable by life without parole, for having abortions.”
Further opponents said its broad scope would also criminalize intrauterine birth control devices and emergency contraception as well. “Louisiana already has a trigger law that would outlaw abortion and subject providers to penalties if Roe is overturned. Proponents of this legislation say that’s not enough. They want to send people to prison for life,” said Kaiser.
The legislation was also described as an “unconstitutional assault on the separation of powers” as lawmakers claimed the Supreme Court rulings would be disregarded. The most important worry continues to loom with Melissa Flournoy, the head of the Louisiana Coalition for Progress, who said the bill could have unintended consequences.
“This is an unprecedented step… both in terms of its expansive definition of personhood and the draconian level of criminalization that the bill would authorize against the pregnant woman.”
“It’s very disappointing and honestly kind of shocking that even with our conservative legislature that they would allow a bill to advance that is, on one hand, so blatantly unconstitutional, and on the other hand, so dangerous in terms of its implications.”
Ellie Schilling, co-founder of the abortion-rights organization Lift Louisiana, said.
A week earlier, committee members characterized the notion that a person would be prosecuted for having a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy as farfetched, but a week later they passed a bill that could allow for just that. Few representatives expressed concerns that the legislation would be deemed unconstitutional by the courts.
“While I intend to vote for this bill, I might suggest that there may be better options that can actually go into practice, instead of concepts that I feel like are probably going to be struck down. I would rather see something happen other than just a vote for a bill that we agree with in concept, but probably recognize will not stand muster beyond the legislative process.”
Rep. Tony Bacala said.
Next in line to receive the legislation is Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards, who has been a supporter of abortion restrictions historically. When the leaked draft opinion came to light, Edwards declined to comment except to say that a formal ruling along those lines would activate Louisiana’s 2006 “trigger law” that would ban abortion in nearly all circumstances.
In another downturn to what can turn ugly quickly, Edwards signed one of the harshest abortion restrictions in the country that would outlaw abortions once cardiac activity can be detected in an embryo in 2019.