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Louisiana Legislature Considers Criminal Penalties For Abortion

May 5, 2022, 8:02 PM

Louisiana’s state Legislature is getting ready to debate allowing homicide charges against those who end pregnancies.

Criminalization is part of a far-reaching bill (H.B. 813) that also would set up potential constitutional challenges by declaring a right to ignore U.S. Supreme Court decisions involving abortion. The bill, which is in position for initial floor discussion as early as Friday, goes on to threaten impeachment or removal of state judges who attempt to stay or overrule any provision of the legislation.

During committee consideration, attorneys told lawmakers that their measure could criminalize in vitro fertilization because of language conveying ...