Proposed Legislation

The anti-choice movement has been met with nothing but failure when its leaders attempt to outlaw abortion outright.  Americans, both voters and the courts, recognize that the right to choose if and when to be a parent is an essential freedom.  These bills represent a more insidious agenda: removing access to abortion by chipping it away piece by piece.

People of limited means, and thus who have limited ability to travel to states that are friendlier to reproductive health care access, will be the ones most affected by these bills.  NOAF asks you to take a stand this session!

For more info, click on the bill’s box to be taken to the Louisiana state legislature website.

2018 Legislative Session 

Prohibition of Public Funding for Abortion Providers

No reproductive health clinic can be a Medicaid provider if they perform abortions in the state. It was blatantly directed at Planned Parenthood.

Sponsor: John Milkovich (D - Shreveport)
Status: Signed into law (5/23/18)

15-Week Ban

Prohibits abortions later than fifteen weeks after conception. To enforce this, it includes criminal charges for providers who ignore this law.

Sponsor: John Milkovich (D - Shreveport)
Status: Signed into law (5/23/18). It has not gone into effect.

2016 Legislative Session 

72-Hour Delay

 Extends the mandatory waiting period from one day to three between the state mandated ultrasound/counseling and the actual procedure.

Sponsor: Frank Hoffman (R - Monroe) 
Status: Signed into law (5/19/16). It has not gone into effect.

Read NOAF’s official statement, here.

Requirements of Abortion Providers

Abortion providers must licensed physician who is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology or family medicine, Other states permit nurse practitioners to do this.

Sponsor: Katrina Jackson (D - Monroe)
Status: Signed into law (5/19/16)

2015 Legislative Session 

Prohibits abortion based on sex selection

Requires abortion providers from performing the procedure if they know the patient is only doing so due to the sex of the fetus.

Sponsor: Lenar Whitney (R - Shreveport)
Status: Passed the House. Failed in Senate Judiciary B (5/19/15)

Read NOAF’s official statement, here.

The “Personhood” Bill

This proposed constitutional amendment stated that every fetus is a human being from the moment of conception and is a legal person entitled to the right to life.

Sponsor: Elbert Guillory (R - Many)
Status: Pulled (4/13/15)

Read NOAF’s official statement, here.

2014 Legislative Session 

Required Admitting Privileges

Abortion providers must have active admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Sponsor: Katrina Jackson (D - Monroe)
Status: Signed into law (6/12/14). Although overturned by the district court, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law (9/26/18). It has still not gone into effect.

Read NOAF’s official statement, here.

 

Termination of life-sustaining procedures for pregnant women

Preservation of the fetus is prioritized over the woman if it is over 20 weeks and the pregnant woman’s life can reasonably be maintained to permit a live birth.
Formerly HB 348

Sponsor: Austin Badon, Jr. (D - New Orleans)
Status: Signed into law (6/23/14)

Read NOAF’s official statement, here.

Task force to create counseling materials

Establishment of an anti-choice task force to create materials for the state-mandated counseling that every person seeking an abortion must receive.
Formerly HB 727

Sponsor: Barry Ivey (R - Baton Rouge)
Status: Signed into law (6/9/14)