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La. House committee approves ban on abortions

4 years ago May 24, 2011 May 24, 2011 Tuesday, May 24 2011 Tuesday, May 24, 2011 12:01:06 PM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. - A proposal to ban abortions in Louisiana has won approval from a House health care committee.

Republican John LaBruzzo, of Metairie, says his bill would threaten the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling by prompting lawsuits from pro-choice groups.

The measure would expand the crime of feticide to include fetuses that are voluntarily

The proposal also would ban Louisiana from using Medicaid funds on abortions that occur in the case of rape or incest.

A state health agency attorney said that would risk the cut-off of Medicaid funds from the federal government, as well as millions in legal fees.

The House Health and Welfare Committee voted 10-2 Tuesday to send the measure to the House for debate.

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