Louisiana Republican State Rep. John LaBruzzo – a man who calls himself “unapologetically pro-life” – recently introduced what is being called “the country’s most extreme anti-abortion measure”: a complete ban on all abortions in Louisiana with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest or when the life of the woman is threatened. He claims to be pro-life, but I guess women’s lives don’t count. It would charge all women who seek abortions as well as the doctors who provide them with “feticide,” which could lead to a 15-year maximum jail sentence with hard labor. LaBruzzo has since claimed that the feticide language in the current draft of the bill wasn’t mean to apply to the women who obtain abortions – just the doctors who provide them – and went on to elaborate further, saying:
“That will be amended out before it is heard in committee. That is a mis-draft; that is not acceptable to me. That would make it too difficult to pass, otherwise.”
Can I just note that it wasn’t a “mis-draft” for being a ridiculous and over-reaching provision on abortion services that would endanger women’s lives and health, but because it would make his bill too difficult to pass? You might wonder exactly how LaBruzzo expects this bill to pass – after all, even after he addresses the “mis-draft,” his bill would still call for jail time for doctors who provide a protected medical service.
And that is exactly it – LaBruzzo wants to challenge Roe v. Wade with this bill. He goes on to explain himself more, saying:
“I believe [my bill] would be in direct conflict with [federal court rulings] … and immediately go to court.”
This is not the first or last time we’ve seen anti-choice legislators attempting to attack Roe v. Wade in court through the use of extremist legislation. However, we know that this time a “conservative religious” mystery group is backing LaBruzzo. It’s been revealed that he filed the bill after being approached by this group, who perhaps even drafted the bill. Which makes me wonder just exactly who this group is (and why they choose to remain silent about their association with this bill instead of taking credit for it) and was the “mis-draft” version of this bill that included charging a woman with feticide the original language provided by this group? If so, it just goes to show the scary truth of how downright determined and radical the anti-choice faction of our country has become – and how, more than ever before, they’re making attacks that purposefully and directly target Roe v. Wade with the intent to overturn it.