Louisiana State Rep John Labruzzo (R) has introduced “feticide” legislation to ban all abortion in his state and sentence women and doctors who violate the ban to 15 years hard labor. The law would make no exceptions for cases of danger to the health of the mother, incest or rape, and would essentially be an attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade in the state of Louisiana.
In previous attempts to manipulate, penalize and reward women’s reproductive choices, Labruzzo has also suggested Louisiana law should pay poor women to be sterilized and well-to-do women to crank out more financially secure kids into the American gene-pool.
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Worried that welfare costs are rising as the number of taxpayers declines, state Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, said Tuesday he is studying a plan to pay poor women $1,000 to have their Fallopian tubes tied…
It also could include tax incentives for college-educated, higher-income people to have more children, he said.
Julie Mickelberry, spokesperson for Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast, denounced Labruzzo’s actions as sham politics, intended not really to impact local law, but to give legal ammo to anti-choice groups in a federal setting:
“The bill is purely political. It’s not at all about preventing abortion—he said it himself…his intention is to give anti-choice groups a bill they can take to court.”
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