Louisiana Women Having Abortions Will Be Charged With MURDER

Louisiana’s Republican state legislators are advancing a bill that would categorize abortions as homicides, charging the pregnant person and anyone who assists with the abortion with murder. The bill will move to the state House for a full vote and if passed, by law, the state could charge a woman who got an abortion with the death penalty.

“A state legislative committee in Louisiana has advanced a bill that would criminalize abortion as homicide, in which the pregnant person or people who assist with their abortion could be charged. The bill, proposed by Republican state Rep Danny McCormick, advanced from the state’s House Criminal Justice Committee by a vote of 7-2 on 4 May, despite at least one legislator who supported the bill stressing that it is likely unconstitutional. House Bill 813 now heads to the state House of Representatives for a full vote. The bill’s introduction follows a leaked opinion from the US Supreme Court’s conservative majority that appears willing to revoke constitutional protections for abortion care affirmed by the rulings in Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood v Casey, ending healthcare protections for millions of Americans. Abortion remains legal in all states, though Republican legislators across the US have introduced dozens of anti-abortion measures in 2022 to restrict access or eliminate it entirely, with several states targeting abortion providers with felonies, though such legislation has exempted people seeking abortions.”

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