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What’s in Louisiana’s new abortion laws

Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-Louisiana
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Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday signed two bills into law that may reduce the number of abortions performed in Louisiana. As a change in tactics, the laws target physicians and places where abortions are performed, rather than directly addressing women seeking abortions.

Under legislation sponsored by State Rep. Katrina Jackson, a doctor performing an abortion must have admitting priveleges at a hospital located within 30 miles of where the abortion is performed.

The new law also requires doctors performing more than five abortions per year to be properly licensed by the state Department of Health and Hospitals.

The law also mandates that facilities where abortions are performed must be held to the same safety standards as other outpatient surgical facilities.

The law places abortion on par with other medical procedures, according to Jindal and Jackson.

Physician groups argued that abortions are so safe that no admitting priveleges should be required by law.

Louisiana already prohibited schools from promotion abortion.

Under a new law signed Thursday, organizations and individuals would be prohibited from providing instruction or instructional materials to any school supported by taxes.

The legislation was sponsored by state Rep. Frank Hoffmann, who said that abortion providers have a conflict of interest in providing information that promotes a procedure they practice.

Known for his strong stance against abortion, Jindal advocated passage of the two bills as part of his formal legislative agenda.

The governor claims to have signed more than a dozen pro-life bills since taking office.

Jindal, in expressing opposition to the Affordable Health Care Act, said Louisiana would opt out of abortion funding under the law’s provisions.

The governor was thought to be a leading candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but he has paid closer attention to home in recent months after polls suggested they were not entirely happy with his performance in office.

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