The state of Louisiana is looking to abolish abortion, and make an unmistakable statement in the process.
Fox News reports that Louisiana Republicans are trying to pass a piece of legislation that would make abortion a homicide.
The bill is called the Abolition of Abortion in Louisiana Act. It has been introduced by state Rep. Danny McCormick (R).
Four purposes of the law are provided.
One of them is to “fully recognize the human personhood of an unborn child at all stages of development prior to birth from the moment of fertilization.” And, another is to “ensure the right to life and equal protection of the laws to all unborn children from the moment of fertilization by protecting them by the same laws protecting other human beings.”
One of those laws, of course, prevents one human being from taking the life of another human being. The Abolition of Abortion in Louisiana Act makes it clear that such homicide laws extend to “unborn children.”
Additionally, the bill declares as void any federal law that permits abortion, and it makes it clear that any judge who stops the enforcement of the bill could be impeached.
The bill’s progression
So far, the bill has only made it through the Louisiana House’s criminal justice committee. The vote was 7–2. The bill, accordingly, still has a long journey ahead of it.
Next up, the bill will head to Louisiana’s state House for a debate.
It is not immediately clear how much support the bill has in Louisiana’s congress. Fox News reports one person who voted in favor of the bill as suggesting that it is unconstitutional and added that it would likely not hold up to judicial scrutiny.
With the U.S. Supreme Court now having a decidedly conservative majority, pro-life advocates have seized the opportunity to try to push pro-life, anti-abortion legislation. Previously, such legislation would quickly have been struck down as violating the precedent set in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. But, pro-life advocates see the opportunity to get these cases overturned, and it now appears likely that they will be.
A draft has been leaked of the Supreme Court’s decision in the case challenging Mississippi’s 15-week abortion law. In that draft, the justices overturn Roe. The Abolition of Abortion in Louisiana Act was voted on by the committee just days after the leak.