A Louisiana bill that will ban all abortions not performed by a licensed physician has received final approval and is heading to the governor’s desk for signature.
The abortion measure, Senate Bill 330 by Sen. Rick Ward III, D-Port Allen, is heading to the governor’s desk after getting the unanimous approval of representatives Tuesday. The bill defines “criminal abortion” as any abortion performed by someone who is not a licensed physician. Anyone convicted of the crime could face between one year and five years in prison, a fine of between $5,000 and $50,000 or both.
The bill also creates the crime of “aggravated criminal abortion by dismemberment” to cover cases where an abortion performed by a non-physician involves the dismemberment of the fetus. That would carry a sentence of between one year and 10 years in prison, a fine of between $10,000 and $100,000 or both.
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The governor is expected to sign the bill.