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By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSite News, April 18, 2024

The legislation was inspired by the traumatic ordeal of the lead bill sponsor’s own sister.

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (LifeSiteNews) – The Louisiana Senate unanimously passed legislation Tuesday to criminalize giving a pregnant woman abortion-inducing drugs without her knowledge or consent, motivated by the personal ordeal of the lead sponsor’s own sister.

Abortion is generally illegal in the Bayou State, but SB 276 would establish the additional crime of “coerced criminal abortion by means of fraud,” defined as “knowingly and intentionally engag(ing) in the use or attempted use of an abortion-inducing drug on a pregnant woman, without her knowledge or consent, to cause an abortion.” Violators would be punishable by a minimum 10-year prison sentence and/or a minimum fine of $50,000. …

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