Louisiana is one step closer to trying to outlaw abortions all together, with Rep. John “Sterilize Poor Women” LaBruzzo’s total abortion ban bill flying through legislative committee. It will now head to the House floor for a full vote.
LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, described his bill as absolutely intended to provide a legal avenue through which to challenge the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that established a woman’s constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy. The suits would begin, of course, with challenges to the LaBruzzo bill should it become law. The bill would make it a crime to provide an abortion or prescribe drugs with the intent of ending a pregnancy. There would be exceptions for medically necessary abortions, as certified by a physician, but not for cases of rape or incest. The measure also would bar the Louisiana Medicaid program from covering any abortion, also with no exception for cases of rape or incest, a move that state health officials said could threaten about $5 billion in federal Medicaid financing.
With a slew of bills being produced across the country that are meant to serve as Roe V. Wade bait, you start to wonder if the Supreme Court might just bundle them and dismiss them all at once in order to clear the deck, totally defeating the anti-choice’s strategy in the first place.