As the nation continues to grapple with news that a leaked draft opinion indicated the Supreme Court would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, even anti-abortion groups speak out against state lawmakers and urge them not to criminalize abortion women.
“We unequivocally affirm that any measure that seeks to criminalize or punish women is not For the life and we have firmly opposed such efforts, ”more than 70 national and state anti-abortion groups wrote at the opening letter.
Several prominent groups, including National Right to Life, Susan B. Anthony List, Americans United for Life, March for Life Action, and the United States Bishops’ Conference signed the letter.
The open letter comes after Louisiana state lawmakers proposed a law classifying abortion as homicide.
That legislation, which would have been one of the most aggressive restrictions in the country, collapsed before reaching a final vote on Thursday after a deleting amendment was passed in the House of Representatives.
State Representative Danny McCormick, the Republican who sponsored the measure, dubbed the Abolition of Abortion in Louisiana Act, decided to drop the proposal after the State House voted 65-26 to change several provisions of the bill, including the murder charge of women for getting the procedure.
“The vast majority in this room say they are pro-life, yet today, when Roe is on the cutting board and we have the clear opportunity to end abortion in our state, we are faltering and trying to explain it,” McCormick She said on the floor of the house.
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