LA Right To Life: ‘Landrieu Should Apologize For Politicizing Abortion’

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is being asked by the Louisiana Right To Life to apologize for politicizing abortion, her pro-late term abortion stance and more specifically for her stance on a bill that was passed with bi-partisan support and signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal which will close three of the state’s five abortion clinics.

In a piece for titled “Why Won’t Mary Landrieu Support A Ban On Late-Term Abortions?” Louisiana Right To Life Executive Director Ben Clapper reviews Landrieu’s response to the signing of pro-life legislation that was authored by State Rep. Katrina Jackson Lee (D-Monroe) and asks that she apologize for slaying the passage of the bill.

Louisiana Right to Life asks Senator Landrieu to issue an apology to Governor Jindal and all the legislators, Democrat and Republican, who supported HB388. Our governor and legislators should be congratulated for serving the life-affirming values of the people of Louisiana, not those of the abortion industry.

HB388 will mandate that abortionists have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic that deal with obstetrical and gynecological services.

Under the new guidelines, doctors who perform more than five abortions a year will be required to meet the health and safety inspections required of abortion clinics. Currently,  Louisiana law requires doctors to meet those inspections at a whopping 60 abortions a year.

But, the day that Jindal signed the major pro-life victory for the state, Landrieu told POLITICO Jindal was only signing the legislation because of his political aspirations, though the conservative Gov. is staunchly pro-life. Clapper said that Landrieu politicized the issue and ignored the fact that Democrats in the state legislature strongly helped pass the bill.

Unfortunately, in aPolitico articleon the same day Gov. Jindal signed HB388, Sen. Mary Landrieu crushed any bipartisan unity by unfairly criticizing Jindal. She claimed that one of the only reasons he has signed this bill into law is because of his interests in the 2016 presidential election. Landrieu accuses Jindal of not “serving the people of Louisiana.”

It is disappointing that Senator Landrieu would attempt to politicize what has been an overwhelmingly bipartisan effort. Democratic Rep. Katrina Jackson authored HB388, and 66% of Democrats in the Louisiana Legislature voted for the legislation.  The bipartisan mandate to protect Louisiana women exhibited by the passage of HB388 shows again that Louisiana is a pro-life state.

Clapper said that in the same article, Landrieu admitted for the very first time that she in fact does oppose federal legislation that would protect unborn babies at 20 weeks fetal age, who can at that point feel pain. Clapper said that the Louisiana Right To Life has been trying to get Landrieu to support a bill that would protect the unborn at 20 weeks fetal age, but there has been no hope.

Senator Landrieu said, “Some of the bills being passed around the country are just very intrusive to personal decisions and very harmful to women and girls, you know, to their physical health and life. It’s a shame,” Landrieu said. “20 weeks is not the norm for being able to live outside of a hospital.”

For over a year now, we have been working to get Senator Landrieu to support this legislation known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. It is disappointing to see our Senior Senator oppose such a modest proposal to protect babies that feel pain.

Clapper said Landrieu’s abortion stance does not make sense because in the same POLITICO article, she says that she does in fact believe that “life begins at conception.” But, as Clapper notes, this is contradictory to her pro-choice views.

How can you believe that a life begins at conception but OPPOSE legislation that would protect that same life 20 weeks later?

This position does not make sense.  Either you believe life is valuable, and therefore you protect it, or you do not. You cannot have it both ways!

Since Landrieu’s re-election in 2008, the Louisiana Right To Life Federation grades her pro-life voting record at 0 percent. And since 1997, Landrieu has only cast 17 out of 62 pro-life votes, giving her a grade of a 27 percent pro-life voting record for her almost decade-long time in Washington DC.



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