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Abortion ban passes out of House Health and Welfare Committee

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 4:25pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — A bill that puts a ban on all abortions in the state of Louisiana passed 10 to 2 in the House Health and Welfare Committee Tuesday. The bill, proposed by Representative John LaBruzzo, would give an unborn child the right to life from the time of its fertilization.

Any person performing an abortion would be subjected to criminal penalties, even in the case of rape or incest. According to federal law, Medicaid normally covers abortions in cases of rape or incest. This particular legislation would not allow it.

LaBruzzo suggested that he wants his legislation to help overtune the United States Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade. That case legalized abortions in the first trimester of a pregnancy.

Opponents of the bill says it takes away a woman's right to choice. Department of Health and Hospital attorney, Steve Russo, said passing this law could mean losing up to $5 billion in federal health care funding for Medicaid.

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