Abortion clinic employees and affiliates will be banned from instructing or providing materials on human sexuality or family planning in public elementary or secondary schools or in charter schools receiving state funding, according to legislation that has widely passed through the Louisiana House.
State representatives voted in a bipartisan manner, 91-6 in favor of the ban with nearly 35 representatives co-sponsoring the legislation and Representative Frank Hoffmann (R-Monroe) authoring it.
HB305 forbids employees and representatives of organizations that perform elective abortions, and employees and representatives of affiliates of such organizations, from presenting or otherwise delivering any instruction or program on human sexuality or family planning.
And, it forbids abortion employees from providing any materials or media regarding human sexuality or family planning for distribution or viewing regardless of the topic or viewpoint of such materials or media, if the materials or media are created by or bear the identifying mark of an abortion provider or its affiliate.
In a statement, the Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Benjamin Clapper said the legislation protects children from abortion providers.
“We commend the Louisiana House of Representatives for passing H.B. 305 to protect the children in our state-funded school system,” said Clapper. “This piece of common-sense legislation will ensure that abortion providers who have financial interest in abortion will not be able to access children on publicly funded school grounds with direct or indirect efforts to promote abortion.”
HB305 must now be approved by the State Senate, but the Louisiana Right to Life is confident that it will become a part of Louisiana law.