Louisiana Senate votes to ban abortions based on abnormality
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Senators have agreed to a proposal aimed at prohibiting abortions performed because the fetus has a genetic abnormality, rejecting concerns such a ban would lead the state to a court battle it cannot win.
Republican Sen. Dan Claitor usually votes for bills adding new restrictions on abortion. But the Baton Rouge lawyer said he couldn't vote for the proposal, saying it clearly runs afoul of court decisions upholding a woman's right to an abortion.
North Dakota and Indiana have enacted similar laws.
The proposal heads back to the House for consideration.
The bill would penalize the doctor who violates the ban, not the woman. If convicted, a doctor could be sentenced to up to two years in prison and could face malpractice claims and a wrongful death lawsuit.