Louisiana lege goes hog-wild with anti-abortion bill

Now that the law that South Dakota SB 1215 became is at risk (how much?) of being repealed by initiative in November, other jurisdictions with anti-abortion lege majorities are providing backup.

The next SCOTUS test case bill launches from Baton Rouge PDQ.

It's SB 33 and, after being approved by the House 85-17, only awaits a final Senate vote before winging its way to the governor's desk.

It allows abortions only in cases where the mother's life is threatened or

permanent impairment of the function of a life-sustaining organ or organs or to prevent the substantial risk [to the life(?)] of a pregnant woman.

Notably, it does not provide exceptions for rape and incest - which, as I recall, even the Decider thinks should be provided.

(The text of the bill available here. But not for me. Having removed Acrobat Reader for freezing my computer every time I clicked on an unmarked PDF link, I find that Foxit (my alternative) fails to retrieve files from the LA lege site.)

The surprising thing to some may be to find such a pantomime being staged by a lege both houses of which under Dem control - on the numbers I have, 68-36 (1 Ind) and 26-13.

Moreover, even though the bill is evidently going to pass with veto-proof majorities (if the House vote is repeated, percentage-wise, in the Senate), the governor is planning to sign it.

Which governor is also a Dem. And a woman, to boot. (Kathleen Blanco, that is.)

I gather that it's hardly a secret that the woman is anti-abortion and would want to stand shoulder to shoulder with the lege in their hour of courage. (Especially since she'll be facing LA electors next year, if she decides to run again.)

But it just shows how big the Dem tent actually is. (So much for litmus tests...)

Update [2006-6-2 20:55:23 by skeptic06]:Apparently, a senator, one Jay Dardenne, voted the wrong way on SB 33. He wanted to vote No, but pulled the wrong lever!

And - irresistible postscript:

A move to ban cockfighting in Louisiana died in the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday as about 100 cockfighters watched in two committee rooms.

Despite impassioned pleas from animal supporters and testimony from veterinarians that it is possible that a bird infected with avian influenza could be imported into the state, the committee voted 9-4 to defer Senate Bill 652 by Sen. Art Lentini, R-Metairie, effectively bottling it up in committee for the rest of the session.

With the death of the bill, Louisiana and New Mexico remain the only states in which cockfighting is legal. It's outlawed in 48 states. Thirty-two of those states deal with cockfighting as felonies.

Could be the saving of NO, that: somewhere like Disneyland, only where the bird life gets shredded. The Nature Park: Red in Tooth and Claw...

Tags: Abortion Test Case Laws, Anti-Abortion Laws, Big Tent, Louisiana, Roe v Wade, SB 1215 (SD), SB 33 (LA), SCOTUS, South Dakota (all tags)

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Re: Louisiana lege goes hog-wild with anti-abortio

No surprises here. This is a replay of an abortion ban considered in 1990, also without a rape/incest exemption. The only difference is the veto-proof majority and a governor willing to sign off.

Here is an argument made in the LA House by Carl Gunter in 1990 against an incest exception:

"When I got to thinking, the way we get thoroughbred horses and thoroughbred dogs is through inbreeding. Maybe we would get a super-sharp kid."

by dblhelix 2006-06-03 03:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Louisiana lege goes hog-wild with anti-abortio

The surprising thing to some may be to find such a pantomime being staged by a lege both houses of which under Dem control - on the numbers I have, 68-36 (1 Ind) and 26-13.

I believe LA residents are more anti-abortion than any other state in the union, except Utah.

There are large numbers of pro-life Democrats in LA. IIRC, former Senator John Breaux regularly had very high ratings from NRLC and very low ratings from NARAL.

But it just shows how big the Dem tent actually is. (So much for litmus tests...)

This is why I think the country would be a lot better off if our political system treated abortion like they do in other countries. None of the major parties in Britain have a position on abortion other than that any vote on the issue should be a free (i.e. non-partisan) vote.

It would be far more honest if this were true in the US. About 40% of Republicans are pro-choice. A significant minority of Democrats are pro-life. If the political parties were honest about the views of their members, perhaps there could be some reasonable solutions to this problem.

by wayward 2006-06-03 05:58AM | 0 recs

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