Louisiana Bill Amending Law Regarding Genetic Abnormality Abortion (HB 287)
This law was last updated on May 4, 2018
HB 287 would clarify that health-care providers would not be penalized for failing to provide the state required informational document which includes resources, programs, and services for pregnant people who have a diagnosis of fetal genetic abnormality, prior to an abortion.
The bill clarifies that there will be no penalty in any instance in which the required informational document is not available for use.
Amends HB 1019, which was passed in 2016 and prohibits a physician from performing an abortion on a fetus of less than 20 weeks post-fertilization age without first providing the pregnant person with an informational document including resources, programs, and services for pregnant people who have a diagnosis of fetal genetic abnormality and resources, programs, and services for infants and children born with disabilities.
The law was challenged in court and the case is still pending (see June Medical Services v. Gee (2016)).
Passed the house on April 10, 2018, by a 96-0 vote.
Passed the senate on May 3, 2018, by a 31-1 vote.