A bill that could result in the shuttering of up to four of Louisiana’s five abortion clinics overwhelmingly received full passage from the Louisiana Legislature Wednesday (May 21), and Gov. Bobby Jindal has indicated he will sign it into law.
The legislation is, in part, based on a similar measure passed in Texas last year and led to the closing of several abortion clinics in that state. In its last legislative hurdle, the House concurred an amendment on Wednesday (May 21) that was added to the bill on the Senate side. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, asked for final passage of the bill to much fanfare, as dozens of lawmakers who signed on as “co-authors” swarmed the podium to stand behind her.
The House voted 88-5 to send the bill to Jindal’s desk. Jindal, who included the legislation in a package of bills he officially backed, tweeted from his official Twitter account about an hour after the bill passed that he would sign it.