Governor Bobby Jindal signed two new laws today to protect the sanctity and dignity of human life. The legislation -- SB 766 by Senator John Alario and HB 1086 by Representative Alan Seabaugh -- are part of the Governor's 2012 legislative package.
SB 766 by Senator John Alario prohibits abortions of an unborn child who is 20 weeks or older, and provides for license revocation and disciplinary action for any person who intentionally or knowingly performs or induces an abortion on a woman when she has a baby who is 20 weeks or older.
HB 1086 by Representative Alan Seabaugh prohibits euthanasia for the non-terminally ill and the severely disabled. Prior to Governor Jindal signing this new law those same protections were only offered for the terminally ill.
Governor Jindal said, "It is incumbent upon us to protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us, and these new laws will protect innocent human life."
Earlier this year, Governor Jindal signed SB 330 by Senator Rick Ward to create a specific crime for performing an abortion in Louisiana if the abortionist is not licensed to practice medicine in Louisiana. The legislation also created the crime of aggravated criminal abortion by dismemberment when the unborn child is dismembered in the course of a criminal abortion.
Governor Jindal also signed SB 708 by Senator Sharon Weston Broome to require that the fetal heartbeat be made audible and ultrasound images be displayed for optional review prior to an abortion.