Republican lawmakers in Louisiana advanced a bill that would classify abortion as a homicide, allowing prosecutors to potentially charge individuals who end a pregnancy with murder.
A state House of Representatives subcommittee passed the Abolition of Abortion in Louisiana Act with a vote of 7 to 2.
The bill now heads to a full state House vote, but it would still need support from the state senate and governor before it becomes law.
The bill aims to “ensure the right to life and equal protection of the laws to all unborn children from the moment of fertilization.”
The bill also instructs the state to disregard “any part or whole of any federal court decision” regarding abortion, including Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
The advancement of the bill comes two days after Politico published a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that suggested that the majority of the top court is set to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that established abortion as a constitutional right.
“We cannot wait for the Supreme Court to confirm that innocent babies have the right to life,” Louisiana Representative Danny McCormick, the bill’s sponsor, said during a hearing on May 4.
“The taking of a life is murder and it is illegal,” McCormick further said.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana condemned the bill as “blatantly unconstitutional.”
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