2015 Legislative Session
A Statement from the New Orleans Abortion Fund
Simply put, there is no reason for this bill. No research indicates that the United States utilizes sex-selective abortion. Louisiana women deserve more credit than this. HB 701 is a cynical attempt to garner support for a false “women’s issue,” while not promoting any policy to increase women’s rights. Advocates for sex-selective abortion bans often invoke a “bogeyman” – often a woman of color or recent immigrant – who obtains an abortion because of the sex of her fetus. This thinly-veiled racism is an insult to the diverse women in our state, who strive for the best for their families, and deserve access to quality reproductive health care.
SB 80 has grave consequences for women seeking certain forms of contraception, abortion, and pregnancy methods, including IVF and surrogacy. Reasonable people - regardless of their opinion on abortion - agree that women deserve access to birth control, fertility treatments, and lifesaving medical care, as in the case of an ectopic pregnancy. This bill denies these rights, by declaring a fertilized embryo as equivalent to a person and always entitled to "life", even at the expense of the pregnant person's life. It goes too far.