For the first time, a bill to immediately abolish abortion has passed committee!
On Wednesday, the Louisiana House Criminal Justice Committee voted 7-to-2 to pass the Abolition of Abortion in Louisiana Act (HB813) to the floor of the State House, where it awaits a hearing. This is the first time a bill to abolish abortion has passed a committee.
HB813, filed by State Rep. Danny McCormick, amends the Louisiana homicide codes to define “unborn child” as “an individual human being from fertilization until birth,” and “person” as “a human being from the moment of fertilization.” These redefinitions would classify abortion as homicide by including preborn children among those protected by the laws against murder.
The bill then establishes that this classification of abortion as murder shall be enforced by the State regardless of any federal violation of the right to life: “Any federal statute, regulation, treaty, executive order, or court ruling that purports to supersede, stay, or overrule this Section shall be in violation of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Louisiana and is therefore void.”
HB813 also deals with Louisiana State judges which violate the right to life by establishing that they are subject to impeachment: “Pursuant to the powers granted to the Legislature by Article X, Part III, of the Constitution of Louisiana, any judge of this state who purports to enjoin, stay, overrule, or void any provision of this Section shall be subject to impeachment or removal.”
The bill now awaits a hearing on the House floor. Please call and email Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and Speaker Pro Tem Tanner Magee to respectfully request a floor hearing for HB813, the Abolition of Abortion in Louisiana Act.
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