Louisiana State Representative John LaBruzzo
A new bill in the Louisiana state legislature would outlaw all abortions. A doctor who provided one could be brought up on charges of feticide, which carries a sentence of five to 15 years.
In its current form, the bill (pdf) would also leave women who choose abortion at risk of prosecution for the same crime. The Republican state representative who's sponsoring the bill says that part's a mistake. Representative John LaBruzzo tells the Times-Picayune he'll take that measure out for practical reasons.
"That will be amended out before it is heard in committee," LaBruzzo said Wednesday. "That is a mis-draft; that is not acceptable to me. That would make it too difficult to pass, otherwise."
What Mr. LaBruzzo's really after, of course, is a chance to challenge Roe v. Wade before a U.S. Supreme Court that's ready to chip away at it, if not overturn it. Kate Sheppard reports on Mother Jones today that Louisiana lawmakers have been passing extreme anti-abortion bills for several years now.