On June 12, Republicans and Democrats stood together in a bipartisan spirit as Gov. Bobby Jindal signed House Bill 388, the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, into law. It was a historic day to celebrate the legislation that will protect Louisiana women by requiring abortion physicians to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
Louisiana should be thrilled that our legislators could come together, cut through the rhetoric and enact these patient-centered protections. The Legislature took notice of the wise words of a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in March as it upheld the Texas version of HB388: “Requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges would also promote the continuity of care in all cases, reducing the risk of injury caused by miscommunication and misdiagnosis when a patient is transferred from one health care provider to another.” By the way, all three judges on this 5th Circuit panel were women.
Unfortunately, in a Politico article on the same day Gov. Jindal signed HB388, Sen. Mary Landrieu crushed any bipartisan unity by unfairly criticizing Jindal. She claimed that one of the only reasons he has signed this bill into law is because of his interests in the 2016 presidential election. Landrieu accuses Jindal of not “serving the people of Louisiana.”
It is disappointing that Landrieu would attempt to politicize what has been an overwhelmingly bipartisan effort. Democratic Rep. Katrina Jackson authored HB388, and 66 percent of Democrats in the Louisiana Legislature voted for the legislation.
Interestingly, Landrieu did not criticize Jackson or any of the other Democrats for their support of the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act. She only took aim at Jindal. Would Landrieu be willing to say that these Democratic legislators supported HB388 because of their political aspirations? Would she accuse Jackson as not serving the people of Louisiana?
The bipartisan mandate to protect Louisiana women exhibited by the passage of HB388 shows again that Louisiana is a pro-life state. But since her re-election, Landrieu has voted against the pro-life position on every vote she cast that has been scored by pro-life organizations. Her voting record has been 100 percent in line with the desires of the abortion industry. From my vantage point, it seems that Landrieu might be the one that is out of touch with Louisiana people.
I write to ask Landrieu to issue an apology to Jindal and all the legislators, Democrat and Republican, who supported HB388. Our governor and legislators should be congratulated for serving the life-affirming values of the people of Louisiana, not those of the abortion industry.
executive director, Louisiana Right to Life