Louisiana v. Roe | Mother Jones

Louisiana v. Roe

Tue Apr. 26, 2011 12:01 AM PDT

Anti-abortion lawmakers in state legislatures around the country have already drawn national attention—and outrage—for pushing bills that would drastically limit access to abortions. But in Louisiana, one “unapologetically pro-life” lawmaker wants to go even further. State Rep. John LaBruzzo, a Republican from Metairie, has introduced a bill that would ban all abortions in his state—with no exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother—and charge women who seek abortions and the doctors who perform those abortions with “feticide.”

Louisiana state law calls for jail sentences of up 15 years, with hard labor, for the unlawful killing an unborn child. LaBruzzo told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that the inclusion of the line subjecting women to “feticide” prosecution for seeking abortions was a “mis-draft,” and including it “would make [the bill] too difficult to pass.” He promised the provision will be removed from the bill before it goes to a committee vote. But while LaBruzzo doesn’t expect to punish women who seek abortions, he would still like to see doctors working on the chain gang for providing a constitutionally protected medical procedure.

The Constitution, of course, is exactly what LaBruzzo is targeting. He admits his proposal is intended as a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case in which the Supreme Court ruled that the constitutional right to privacy included the right to abortions in some circumstances. LaBruzzo says he’d like his bill to become law and “immediately go to court,” and he told a local paper that an unnamed conservative religious group asked him to propose the law for exactly that purpose. When contacted by Mother Jones, LaBruzzo’s secretary said he would “prefer not to do an interview” on the bill but would possibly answer written questions. As of press time, he had not responded to our inquiries.  More

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If I didn’t know any better, I would have to think that we are reading of something that occurred in the days previous to the abolishment of slavery.  The Republican Party has swerved to the right with such a vengeance that there is little chance of a correction prior to a collision between the races akin to the meeting of two celestial bodies.

The audacity to introduce a legislative proposal this controversial comes from the silence that prevails with the ‘silent majority’ of American citizens.  At this rate, self-destruction is predictable to occur on December 21, 2012!

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