LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Women seeking abortions in Louisiana will be required to get an ultrasound first, under a bill that has received final legislative passage.
The bill was sent to the governor's desk with a 79-0 vote of the state House. Gov. Bobby Jindal supports the measure.
There is no exception in the bill for victims of rape or incest.
KPLC actually posted this story on our Hot Topic blog to see how our viewers felt about the new bill, with opinions being split at right about 50/50 of those who like and dislike it.
One viewer said, "I support this bill. The woman should know that the fetus she intends to abort is a baby, a human life, rather than a mass of cells. The cost of the ultrasound can't compare with the value of a human life."
While another viewer on the opposite side of the fence said, "Do people that smoke have to look at a pair of Blackened lungs before they buy a pack of smokes? I would love to be in the room and hear the doctor say no no you have to look at. This is so silly, I feel sorry for the women of the state."
We spoke with pro life and pro choice groups in the area.
Kathy Owen who is the Director of Family Life and Pro Life at the Diocese of Lake Charles says they support the bill.
"Seeing an ultrasound always helps the woman realize the humanity and the dignity of the unborn child. It really gives her an opportunity to be fully informed of the decision she's making. The more information the better and the ultrasound is a wonderful tool to show us what is hidden within the womb," said Owen.
With no pro choice centers here in Lake Charles, we also reached out to Planned Parenthood of Louisiana, based out of Baton Rouge.
They issued this statement on the bill.
"This bill undermines medical decision making by forcing a physician and other medical staff to provide care and information that may be inappropriate or even traumatizing to women seeking abortion care."
Governor Jindal does support this issue and the bill is expected to be signed and passed.