And as expected, Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law an abortion clinic bill so awful, it will probably close the state's remaining clinics in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation Thursday that is all but guaranteed to close the only abortion clinics in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
His office issued a release after the bill signing ceremony Thursday (June 12) at the First Baptist Church in West Monroe, where the governor signed two pieces of "pro-life legislation." Sponsors of the bills are from Monroe and West Monroe.
House Bill 388, sponsored by Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, proposes a new law adding requirements of abortion doctors that clinic administrators say will force them out of business because of the unlikeliness they will be able to comply. Supporters have dubbed it the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act.
House Bill 305, sponsored by Rep. Frank Hoffman, R-West Monroe, would prohibit abortion providers or their affiliates, including Planned Parenthood, to instruct or distribute information on health related issues, such as sex eduction, at public or charter schools.
"I am proud to sign these bills because they will help us continue to protect women and the life of the unborn in our state," Jindal said in a statement issued after the signing. "These new laws will give women the health and safety protections they deserve and continue to make Louisiana a state that values individual human life."
A lawyer for the clinics has indicated administrators will likely file a joint suit challenging the new law after House Bill 388. It's unclear if the court would grant the clinics an injunction, allowing them to keep their doors open, while litigation pends.
The bill would leave a grand total of one abortion clinic in the entire state, if that much, for 4.6 million people. But remember, there's no war on women, Republicans aren't trying to eliminate clinics through regulations designed to close them, and women without resources totally aren't going to turn to unsafe abortion methods as a result, risk their lives.
And we certainly wouldn't see a national version of this law the minute Republicans controil Congress and the White House again, so you should probably stay home and not vote because Obama disappointed you personally.