Abortion: Louisiana's Punching Bag
Governor Blanco says would sign ban on abortion that is moving through hurricane-battered state’s senate
If the bill makes it to Blanco's hand, and she actually signs it, the measure will likely then travel to Washington, D.C., for a date with the U.S. Supreme Court, which would have to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade reproductive rights decision in order to become law. Earlier this year South Dakota lawmakers passed a similar ban, which is wending its way to the Supremes. Under the Louisiana measure, which passed out of the state house last week on an 85-17 vote, doctors that violate the ban would face up to 10 years in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.
Not surprisingly, news of Blanco's position did not sit well with Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. "Elected officials should stop playing politics with women's safety and start paying attention to the needs of this state," said Julie Mickelberry, public affairs director of the state Planned Parenthood. "We need homes, good education, and sound health-care policy. We don't need laws that threaten women's health." would sign ban on abortion that is moving through hurricane-battered state's senate