Tuesday, April 01, 2014

So Katrina Jackson seems nice

Yesterday, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed a bill designed to mimic (and in some ways be worse than) Texas anti-abortion legislation passed last year under a firestorm of controversy and protest.
Gov. Bobby Jindal, Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert and several anti-abortion advocates have said the proposal is about protecting women's health. But abortion rights advocates said the legislation has little to do with keeping women safe and that it's only purpose is to further restrict access to abortion.

Sponsored by Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, the legislation would require physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility where the procedures take place. It also imposes the same restrictions -- such as a requirement for a 24-hour waiting period -- on abortion-inducing medication as surgical abortions.
Early last month, Lamar challenged Rep. Jackson on some of the more egregious aspects of her bill.  She was kind of a jerk about it.

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