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Bill mandating life support for pregnant women approved

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Posted: Apr 23, 2014 3:14 PM by Brian Waldrep
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Bill, Life, Support, Pregnant, Women, Approved

BATON ROUGE- Louisiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would require doctors and hospitals to use life support to keep brain-dead pregnant women alive until they give birth, no matter a family's wishes.

The House Health and Welfare Committee backed the proposal Wednesday without objection.

The measure by New Orleans Rep. Austin Badon now moves to the full House for consideration.

Badon, a Democrat, says he wants to "give the unborn child a chance." He described his bill as protecting the sanctity of life.

Julie Schwam Harris, a New Orleans resident who spoke in opposition to the proposal, says it could set a dangerous precedent, putting government between a woman and her family and a woman and her doctor.

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