Bill seeks life-support efforts for pregnant women
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have given final passage to a bill that adds new requirements on doctors to use life support to keep a brain-dead pregnant woman alive until the birth of her child.
The bill by New Orleans Rep. Austin Badon, a Democrat, will require doctors to use life-sustaining measures if the woman has been pregnant for 20 weeks or more and if an obstetrician determines the woman's life "can reasonably be maintained" to permit the birth.
The provision only applies if the woman doesn't have a living will.
The bill also includes language that reaffirms existing law that allows family members to have the final say in end-of-life decisions.
Compromise language was approved with a 31-2 Senate vote and 87-1 House vote.