02 July 2007
from my fair home state of louisiana, 27 june 2007:
A bill to enact a state ban on a specific abortion procedure won final legislative approval Tuesday when the House passed it 104-0. The same bill cleared the Senate on Monday 36-0 and now heads to Gov. Kathleen Blanco for her review.
The measure, House Bill 614, would make it a state crime for physicians to perform what critics call partial birth abortions. ...Under the bill, physicians who perform the operation could be imprisoned for up to 10 years, fined up to $100,000 or both.
On April 18, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal law that banned the procedure. Rep. Gary Beard, R-Baton Rouge and sponsor of the bill, said earlier that the state needs its own ban so that it does not have to rely on federal prosecutors to pursue doctors who violate the law.
love those fucking unanimous votes. an entire state completely taken in by medical misinformation and misogyny. also, i thought it was interesting that they passed a state version because they didn't t trust federal prosecutors to be zealous enough for their liking, basically. and finally, i want to note for the record that this is yet another law that criminalizes the performing of an abortion but not the seeking of one -- the rationale being, surely, that even though we live in a society of thinly-veiled misogyny it's still not popular to actually throw women in actual jail -- but if the public truly thought abortion was murder, they'd want the seekers of abortion to be prosecuted as vigorously as parents who pay hit men to take out their born children (i saw it on law and order!).
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