An effort to ban abortions performed in cases where the fetus is determined to have a genetic abnormality is steps from final passage.
The Senate Health and Welfare Committee delayed a vote last week to try to devise compromise language, in response to concerns the proposal runs afoul of court decisions upholding a woman’s right to an abortion.
On Tuesday, without a rewrite, the panel voted 3-1 for the House-approved bill, sending it to the full Senate.
The sole vote against the House Bill 1019 came from Republican Sen. Dan Claitor, of Baton Rouge. He defended himself as “as pro-life as they come,” but said the bill “is unconstitutional on its face.”
Bill supporter Sen. Regina Barrow, a Democrat, said any bill passed by lawmakers could face a court challenge.