New abortion bill heads to the Governor's desk

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Legislature has decided that doctors shouldn't be covered under medical malpractice laws when they are providing elective abortions.

The Senate gave final passage with a 31-2 vote Friday to the bill by Rep. Robert Johnson, of Marksville.

The measure would prohibit health care providers from receiving coverage under state and private Medical Malpractice Acts when performing an abortion of "an uncomplicated, viable pregnancy" that isn't required to save the life of the mother.

The measure (House Bill 1453) heads to the governor's desk, despite concerns raised by some lawmakers about denying coverage for a legal medical procedure. Johnson acknowledged he wasn't aware of any such carve-out for other medical procedures.

No one spoke against the proposal on the Senate floor Friday.

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