Louisiana John Bel Edwards. Credit: Wikipedia.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill Wednesday prohibiting the sale of abortion-inducing medication by prescribers outside the state.
Senate Bill 388, sponsored by Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, creates the crime of “abortion by means of an abortion-inducing drug,” which includes delivering, dispensing, distributing or providing abortifacients when the person administering the medication is not a physician licensed in the state.
The bill effectively bans abortions by mail.
The law provides for five to 10 years of prison time or a $10,000 to $75,000 fine, or both. If the pregnant person is a minor, the penalty increases to a 15 to 50 year term of imprisonment or a $15,000 to $100,000 fine, or both.
Critics of the bill have argued that it is unconstitutional, as it potentially violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which gives federal government the authority to regulate trade between states.
Also signed into law was Senate Bill 104, sponsored by Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, which requires that people seeking abortions have the right to access their phones in abortion facilities.
Mizell, who shared in committee that she has had a miscarriage alone, said that felt people should be able to have a way to contact friends and family for support.
“This is not a statement on abortion,” Mizell said when the bill came up in committee. “This is a statement on a woman needing support.”
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