June 24, 2022

Louisiana Gov. Signs Pro-Life Bills into Law

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D)
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signed two bills on June 21 to protect the unborn. Louisiana Senate Bill 342 updates the state's trigger law to create criminal penalties for abortionists, and Louisiana Senate Bill 388 makes it illegal to deliver abortion pills through the mail.

Louisiana's trigger law would outlaw abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. In addition to creating criminal penalties for abortionists who violate the law, Senate Bill 342 defines conception in Louisiana law as occurring at implantation instead of fertilization. This means that Louisiana law would allow "emergency contraception" to remain legal. Emergency contraception can end the life of a child after fertilization; but before the child has been implanted in her mother's womb.

Senate Bill 388 outlaws the mail delivery of abortion pills. This mirrors FDA policy that required women to receive abortion pills during in-person visits with a medical professional. The Biden administration "temporarily" lifted those regulations in April 2021. As many suspected, those changes became permanent soon afterward.