BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Louisiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would require doctors and hospitals to use life support to keep brain-dead pregnant women alive until they give birth, no matter a family’s wishes.
The House Health and Welfare Committee backed the proposal Wednesday without objection. The measure by New Orleans Rep. Austin Badon moves to the full House for consideration.
Badon, a Democrat, says he wants to “give the unborn child a chance.” He described his bill as protecting the sanctity of life.
Julie Schwam Harris, a New Orleans resident who spoke in opposition to the proposal, says it could set a dangerous precedent, putting government between a woman and her family and a woman and her doctor.