Louisiana Senate backs requiring doctor info before abortion
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Women seeking an abortion in Louisiana would have to get lengthy background information about the doctor performing the procedure, under a proposal that won unanimous support from state senators.
The measure by Republican Sen. Beth Mizell, of Franklinton, would require the written information about the doctor to include details about the physician's board certifications, malpractice insurance and disciplinary actions.
Mizell called the bill a health safety measure for women. Opponents during committee debate said the proposal aims to create difficulties for abortion access.
A 38-0 Senate vote Tuesday sent the legislation to the House.
The House backed a separate measure that would ask Louisiana voters to decide whether to amend the state constitution to say it doesn't protect abortion rights. The proposal went to the Senate with a 78-10 vote.