Louisiana Republican’s Bill Opens Door to Homicide Charges for Abortion Patients

A bill was introduced by the Louisiana House of Representatives that would allow a person to be charged with homicide if they have an abortion in the state.

The bill was sponsored in part by Danny McCormick (State GOP Representative), following a draft opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court Leaked earlier in the weekThe Court was likely to reverse the precedents established in Roe v. WadeA 1973 case that recognized the rights to abortion in the country.

Although the Court appears to have majority support, the Court will not make the ruling official until that happens. McCormick stated that the matter was too important not to wait for the justices.

“We can’t wait on the Supreme Court,” McCormick said.

The bill would define a person’s life as starting at fertilization, and would only allow abortion to occur in order to save a person’s life. The bill makes it clear that a person who has an abortive procedure is not subject to any punishment if they are forced or coerced into it.

House Bill 813, titled “The Abolition of Abortion in Louisiana Act,” justifies the banning of abortion, in part, by citing religious beliefs, and states that criminalizing the act is necessary to preserve “the sanctity of human life, created in the image of God.” The bill would outlaw abortion and define personhood “from fertilization” onward.

The bill claims it cannot be repealed by any future law that is made by the federal governments, either through a Supreme Court ruling, or an Act from Congress, which would violate the basic principles of constitutional hierarchy.

If passed, it’s possible that a person who has an abortion in Louisiana could be charged with murder, and subsequently punished with imprisonment.

Outlawing is not the only option. the basic human right to abortion, the bill has other glaring problems, opponents of the measure said — including creating additional obstacles for individuals that are seeking to become parents but who are facing fertility issues. Because the bill defines fertilization in terms of when human life begins, it would be illegal for fertilized eggs to be discarded in the in vitro fertilization process.

The bill could also ban some forms of birthcontrol, as certain medications are intended to prevent fertilization, but also to stop fertilized eggs implanting inside a woman’s uterus.

Medical experts agree. fertilization is not the point at which pregnancy occurs — it is when implantation happens that a fertilized egg is able to start developing.

The bill is also unique for other reasons. It contradicts a long-standing Republican talking point on abortion — that planned punishments for the procedure, should they be allowed after Roe This is because it would only be performed on those who are performing abortions and not on those seeking them.

“Republicans told us for years that they would never punish women who get abortions,” noted Mark Joseph Stern, senior writer for Slate, in a tweet discussing the bill. “Now that Roe’s about to fall, they’re racing to authorize the arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment of abortion patients for murder.”