BATON ROUGE,LA (FOX44) — "It's a sad day for Louisiana women," says Julie Mickelberry of Planned Parenthood.
Mickelberry is with Planned Parenthood. She's disappointed that a House Committee decided on Wednesday to unanimously back a bill giving women the option to listen to a fetal heartbeat 24 hours before having an abortion.
"It's a decision they make between their physicians and their religious leaders. It's not a decision that should be made by lawmakers," says Mickelberry.
The bill was authored by Baton Rouge Senator Sharon Weston-Broome with help from the Bioethics Defense Fund. It also gives women a chance to view an ultrasound before going through with the procedure. They say it's an effort to provide as much information as possible for women.
"Ultrasound is simply the most direct, objective medical information that any woman should have as a part of informed consent and so this is part of the state's long tradition of having a standard of care that protects both children and women's lives," says Dorinda Borlee of the Bioethics Defense Fund.
But MIckelberry says when women make the decision to have an abortion they're already fully informed.
"Sixty percent of women that are having abortions are already mothers. They're fully aware of the decisions they are making, fully aware of their circumstances and the gravity of their decision," says Mickelberry.