Republican John Labruzzo is now proposing a law that would ban all abortions in the state of Louisiana. Labruzzo acknowledges that the law violates Roe v Wade and the reason he is pushing it is to try and challenge that ruling in court.
Now, if you do not follow the Supreme Court these days, most rulings are 5-4 with Kennedy being the deciding vote. Kennedy decided to support a woman’s right to choose in Planned Parenthood v Casey. So I am not sure how this will be a victory for the religious right and/or pro life activists.
But let’s look at what the bill does.
A) It bans all abortions. No exceptions for rape. No exceptions to protect the life of the woman. No exceptions for anything. This makes the law evil, as any law that would require a pregnant woman to die because of her pregnancy is evil. Forcing a pregnant woman to die is the moral equivalent of state sanctioned murder. So much for him being pro life.
B) It seems to ban oral contraception. RS 40:1299.30 section E currently states:
Nothing in this Section may be construed to prohibit the sale, use, prescription, or administration of a contraceptive measure, drug or chemical, if it is administered prior to the time when a pregnancy could be determined through conventional medical testing and if the contraceptive measure is sold, used, prescribed, or administered in accordance with manufacturer instructions.
The proposed bill repeals this section (To amend and reenact R.S. 14:32.5(A) and R.S. 40:1299.35.0, to enact R.S.40:1299.35.1(11) and to repeal R.S. 40:1299.30(A), (B), and (E)). Birth control pills and the morning after pill work to prevent fertilization, ovulation, and implantation. Since the Labruzzo bill (under the legislative intent section) would consider the prevention of implantation to be an abortion (because the unborn would have the “right to life”), the bill would obviously prevent the sale of birth control pills and the morning after pill (which is just a higher dose of birth control pill). How will this prevent abortions when more unwanted pregnancies would take place under his draconian law.
It am absolutely certain that this law would be overturned by the Surpeme Court. However, Labruzzo is a disgusting hater of women for supporting this bill (as is any politician or voter who supports it).