Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signs two anti-abortion bills

By Kyle Johnson,

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed two pieces of anti-abortion legislation into law on Thursday.

One of the bills, House Bill 388, will possibly leave only two abortion clinics open in the state, as it requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital with 30 miles, reports Reuters, which will mean the likely closure of three other clinics.

The second law Jindal signed prevents those who work at abortion clinics from providing health materials or instructions in schools that receive state funding.

In a statement released after signing the legislation, Jindal said, "These new laws will give women the health and safety protections they deserve, and continue to make Louisiana a state that values individual human life."

According to The Times-Picayune, National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League released a statement noting that House Bill 388 "corners women into using dangerous back alley procedures, unlicensed practitioners and the black market drugs already seen peddled on the streets of New Orleans."

Clinic administrators will likely file a lawsuit against the first bill in an effort to try and keep the only abortion clinics in New Orleans and Baton Rouge open. A clinic in Shreveport and the one in Bossier City might be the only two who are able to comply with the new legislation.

The Louisiana legislation follow similar bills introduced in several other states, including Texas, Utah and Kansas.

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