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Louisiana Bill to Amend Informed Consent Requirements (HB 1262)

This law was last updated on May 28, 2014




HB 1262




Apr 10, 2014


Co-sponsors: 31
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 32


Informed Consent, Waiting Periods and Forced Counseling

Full Bill Text

HB 1262 amends the Woman’s Right to Know Act, which requires a physician to provide a woman seeking an abortion printed materials before consent to an abortion is considered voluntary and informed.

The bill requires a physician to provide a woman seeking an elective abortion a pamphlet called “Point of Rescue” which contains information on the alleged increased risks of psychiatric and psychological harm associated with abortion, sex trafficking and coerced abortion. The pamphlet must list names of mental health resources for victims of the sex trade who are seeking assistance.

The law requires the woman to sign a form confirming that they received the pamphlet at least 24 hours before an abortion.

The bill also requires the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) to prepare the pamphlet with a unique identifier and with three segments that would be dispensed as follows: (1) woman; (2) medical record; and (3) DHH.

The law requires DHH to create printable internet-based resources that include telephone numbers and links to web sites of nonprofit organizations that provide confidential help lines and are not affiliated with an abortion provider. The telephone numbers and web sites must provide free services.

The law states that a 14 member task force convened by the governor will assist in creating the new abortion pamphlet. Abortion providers and mental health professionals that recommend abortion are barred from the task force.  


Signed into law by Gov. Jindal on June 9, 2014.