Senate panel advances three-day waiting period for abortions in Louisiana; House approves effort that could defund Planned Parenthood
Louisiana lawmakers are advancing anti-abortion measures that would give the state one of the nation’s longest mandatory waiting periods and eliminate state funding for any group that provides abortions — even if that money would go only toward unrelated services.
Both proposals won overwhelming support when they reached their latest hurdles at the State Capitol on Wednesday.
The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 5-2 for House Bill 386, which would require women in Louisiana to wait three days before getting an abortion — joining five other states with the nation’s longest wait time. The bill, which already has won House approval, now heads to the full Senate.
Meanwhile, the House voted 85-7 in favor of House Bill 606, which would bar any organization that performs abortions from receiving state funds, unless the entity only occasionally performs them in cases of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother. That bill now advances to the Senate.