By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

State lawmakers have granted early approval for a trio of pro-life bills that are now in varying stages of the legislative process.

Perhaps the bill with most impact, Rep. Katrina Jackson’s proposed “Love Life Amendment” that would mandate there is no right in the Louisiana Constitution to secure or protect a right to abortion, was approved by the state House of Representatives 81-10 April 23. The bill will be heard before the Senate Committee on Judiciary A at a date to be determined.

If approved by lawmakers, the amendment would go before voters Nov. 16.

A Senate judiciary committee on April 30 approved a bill that would ban abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected. The measure sailed through the committee by a 5-2 margin.

Danielle Van Haute, director of the Pro-Lie Program for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, said a fetal heartbeat is typically detected in the first 21-22 days of pregnancy.

She added that bill may face some challenges regarding specific concerns of some lawmakers with the wording.

The Senate approved that bill May 6. It now moves on to the House.

The full Senate approved Sen. Beth Mizell’s Women’s Right to Know bill, which would require a doctor’s name performing an abortion be listed in the same manner as on the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners’ records. Additionally, that physician’s residence and whether the residency has been completed and whether the physician is board certified must also be listed.

The bill will next be heard before the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

“I am encouraged,” Van Haute said of the early success of the pro-life legislation. “For some (of the bills) we are still early in the process but it’s definitely encouraging to see them moving along the path of being passed.”