House committee passes series of abortion bills

House committee passes series of abortion bills

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A bill that would strip all public money from organizations performing abortion in Louisiana is heading to the House floor.

The bill advanced through a House committee Wednesday morning without objection.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Frank Hoffman, R-West Monroe, and backed by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The bill would remove all of the money from the organization, not just money put toward abortion procedures. That includes federal funding.

Planned Parenthood is currently building a new clinic in New Orleans, where they are considering offering abortions.

"It is about defunding Planned Parenthood from Medicaid services. CMS also said this is taking away choice for women looking to go to the provider of their choice, and right now we have about 9,000 Medicaid patients that have chosen to come to planned Parenthood," said Raegan Carter with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.

"Planned Parenthood is not mentioned in this bill," Hoffman said. "They currently don't do abortions in Louisiana. If that continues to be the case, they will continue to get funding through Medicaid."

There are exceptions in the bill for cases of rape, incest and situations where the woman's life is in danger.

Wednesday's committee hearing comes just one day after the federal Medicaid agency issued a warning that efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of funding may be at odds with federal law.

The committee also advanced two other abortion-related measures. One bill would prohibit abortions if the fetus has a genetic abnormality, while the second would ban a commonly used second trimester abortion procedure.

Both measures also head to the House floor.

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