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Pro-life “Abortion by Fraud Criminalization Act” heads to Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry

by | May 23, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. As I was putting the finishes touches on this story, the Louisiana Senate concurred with the House in passing the “Abortion by Fraud Criminalization Act” which creates the crime of coerced abortion by means of fraud! Senate Bill 276 now goes to Gov. Jeff Landry.

Great news.

When it comes to covering any part of the abortion issue, the reflex position of most major news outlets, especially the network news divisions, is to place the worse possible spin on everything pro-lifers propose. That would include even commonsense positions you would think everyone would support!

I give you the amendment that was added to Louisiana’s Senate Bill 276, the “Abortion by Fraud Criminalization Act.”

According to Louisiana Right to Life

Sen. Thomas Pressly was inspired to author SB 276 after his sister was poisoned by abortion-inducing drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, without her knowledge by her former husband. Sen. Pressly stated it is his goal to keep these pills out of the hands of predators such as his sister’s former husband and has ample evidence of abuse of these drugs in Louisiana.

Only by viewing this through the lens of deep bias and with a commitment to telling blatant falsehoods could you come up with such deeply misleading headlines as “Louisiana bill would place abortion pills on same list as opiates”; “Louisiana moves to criminalize possession of abortion pills”; and “Women Hating Republicans Make Abortion Pills Controlled Substances.”

Some background before I get to the great news that

SB276 is on its way to Gov. Landry for his signature. Louisiana Right to Life took the initiative to provide accurate information spurred by “news coverage by [The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate] and others, which have neglected to include factual information about Sen. Pressly’s decision to add abortion pills to Schedule IV of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law in Louisiana to his bill.”

While we can’t say for sure they learned from Louisiana Right to Life’s input, ABC News ran a piece headlined “Why Louisiana is pushing to classify abortion pills in the same category as opioids.” The “why” makes this real journalism.

Under the subhead “What’s in the bill?,” Nadine El-Bawab writes

While an amendment to the bill included the provision that would reclassify the abortion pills, the bill itself focused on cracking down on “coerced criminal abortion by means of fraud.”

The bill creates a crime of “coerced criminal abortion” — prohibiting a third party from fraudulently using an abortion-inducing drug to cause or attempt to cause an abortion on an unsuspecting pregnant woman, without their knowledge or consent.

The proposed law was created by a state Sen. Thomas Pressly, whose pregnant sister’s husband tried to induce an abortion more than once, ultimately failing to abort the pregnancy, lawmakers said on the floor Tuesday.

She goes on to add much needed information and context:

“Coerced criminal abortion” would be a crime punishable by five to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000 to $75,000, according to the bill.

The punishment is more severe for anyone found guilty of committing the crime on a pregnant woman who is more than three months pregnant. They could face 10 to 20 years in prison and a fine from $50,000 to $100,000, according to the bill.

There is a substantially higher risk to the life of a pregnant mother if the pregnancy is more than three months along, according to the bill.

Violators of the law can still be prosecuted even if the attempted abortion is unsuccessful, the bill said.

Louisiana Right to Life produced a synopsis built around asking seven key questions. Here are two of them:

2) Will doctors and pharmacists still be able to legitimately administer or dispense mifepristone or misoprostol?

Yes. Doctors and pharmacists have established protocols for dealing with controlled substances that have legitimate medical uses.

3) Cytotec is commonly used by doctors for purposes other than elective abortion. Can doctors still use Cytotec if SB 276 is passed?

Yes. SB 276 permits Cytotec to be used for legitimate healthcare purposes, not elective abortion.

[“More thorough answers can also be viewed in our investigative report regarding the abortion pill crisis in Louisiana: ‘The Rampant Abuse of Abortion Pills

Louisiana Right to Life concludes

Louisiana Right to Life urges the media to report accurately on SB 276 rather than misleading the public in an attempt to induce panic and fear.

Amen to that!

Categories: State Legislation