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Louisiana Bill Revising the Definition of ‘Abortion’ in Outpatient Abortion Facility Licensing Law (HB 133)

This law was last updated on Aug 2, 2019

This law is Anti–Choice




HB 133




Mar 25, 2019


Co-sponsors: 68
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 69


Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers

Full Bill Text

HB 133 revises the definition of “abortion” in the state’s Outpatient Abortion Facility Licensing Law, to make the law applicable to medication abortion as well as surgical procedures.

The current abortion facility licensing law defines “abortion” to mean

[…]any surgical procedure performed after pregnancy has been medically verified with the intent to cause the termination of the pregnancy other than for the purpose of producing a live birth, removing an ectopic pregnancy, or removing a dead fetus caused by a spontaneous abortion.

This bill changes the definition of “abortion” to mean:

[…]the act of using or prescribing any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance, device, or means with the intent to terminate the clinically diagnosable pregnancy of a woman with knowledge that the termination by those means will, with reasonable likelihood, cause the death of the unborn child.

The new definition does not include abortions necessary to:

  • Save the life or preserve the health of a fetus;
  • Remove a dead ‘unborn child’ or induce delivery of the uterine contents in case of a positive diagnosis that the pregnancy has ended or is in the unavoidable and untreatable process of ending due to spontaneous miscarriage; or
  • Remove an ectopic pregnancy.

Latest Action

3/25/19 – Prefiled.

4/25/19 – Reported favorably by committee (12-0).

5/6/19 – Passed the House by a 91-1 vote.

5/21/19 – Amended; passed Senate by a 30-4 vote.

5/29/19 – Amendments rejected by the House.

6/5/19 – House adopted Conference Committee Report (84-1).

6/5/19 – Senate adopted Conference Committee Report (32-5).

6/20/19 – Signed by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.