Skip to comments.Louisiana Becomes First State to Ban Late-Term Abortions
Posted on 07/14/2007 4:40:58 PM PDT by shield
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana Louisiana became the first American state to outlaw a late-term abortion procedure on Friday, when the governor approved legislation allowing doctors to be prosecuted for performing the surgery.
The new law allows so-called "partial birth" abortions in only one situation: when failure to perform it would endanger the mother's life. The procedure would be a crime in all other cases, even if the pregnancy is expected to cause health problems for the mother.
Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco signed into law criminal penalties for doctors who perform the surgery: fines of between $1,000 and $10,000, and jail terms of between one and 10 years.
The statute is parallel to a federal ban that President George W. Bush signed into law in 2003, which was upheld in April by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Lawmakers in other states are expected to consider similar bans. Louisiana is the first to enact one.
Unlike in many developed countries, where abortion is considered a medical procedure beyond the reach of politics, it remains among the most politically sensitive subjects in the United States, and is likely to be a hotly debated issue through the campaign to the November 2008 U.S. presidential election, especially by conservative Republicans
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The ACLU will take care of this despicable situation. /S
Hmmm, wonder why they never say the so-called 'global warming'. Even Fox goes along with the left-wing spin.
The story somehow avoids telling us that procedures of this type are already banned in many of these "developed countries."
Most European countries, for instance, are much more restrictive of abortion than the US is.
In France, for instance, the abortion ratio (abortions per 1000 live births) is 275. In the US it's 341.
Sorry, US abortion ratio is 314, not 341. My keyboard has a hole in it.
And I don’t want to know why!
The public is slowly turning against Roe vs. Wade.
Thank God, and Louisiana!
Before 1973, it was a crime in all 50 states.
Typical loon media...besides, if it’d been any other state but Louisiana wonder if we’d even see this news.
Silly question: why was this necessary? There is already a federal law that was just successfully defended in the SCOTUS. Isn’t this redundant?
“The statute is parallel to a federal ban that President George W. Bush signed into law in 2003, which was upheld in April by the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Question- If there is federal law against it then why do we need state laws?
However, isn't there a doc in Kansas that has continued with partial birth abortions?
Tiller the Killer ... serial killer protected by the governor of the state.
It my understanding that unless it is in the U.S. Constitution, federal law covers federal ‘estates’, reservations, military complexes, etc. A state may write a law which can be challenged for review of possible contradiction to the Constitution. Hence, when a ruling comes down that upholds a state law, it effects immediately only that state which had the review, and stops challenge to other states’ similar laws.
Finally, something coming out of LA that I can be proud of. (orig. from LA)
Yes, I understand that. Wasn’t there a recent ruling that’s set him up for a world of hurt? Multi docs signing off on that procedure...life and death situation for Mom. He’s not been doing that....isn’t it now out of state hands?
Good for her! It’s a start.
too bad it isn’t at a quicker pace, as millions continue to die while we wait.
thanks for the clarification! :o)
Actually, prior to 1973, it was legal in CT, HI, and a few other states.
Prior to 1973, a doctor could legally terminate a pregnancy to save a woman’s life in all fifty states, so abortion was already legal in all the states prior to Roe and Doe.
It is, but IMHO, Roe vs. Wade is tottering. The Supreme Court upheld the partial birth abortion ban, which makes it likely that this law will stand.
If Republicans win the White House and maintain a strong presence in Congress after the 2008 elections, Roe vs. Wade will be on borrowed time.