Bill requires mental health info before abortion

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Anti-abortion lawmakers want women seeking the procedure in Louisiana to get pamphlets describing possible psychological effects, the illegality of coerced abortions and services available to human trafficking victims.

The House Health and Welfare Committee backed a bill that would require clinics to provide that information to women at the start of their 24-hour waiting period before they can have an abortion.

Supporters of the bill by Baton Rouge Rep. Barry Ivey say it would provide useful information to women.

Opponents of the proposal say it would add unnecessary costs for clinics and was designed to create another obstacle for women seeking to get a legal procedure.

No committee member objected to sending the bill to the full House for debate.

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