Biden attacks Louisiana abortion bill with no exceptions for rape, incest as 'radical'

Sen. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, speaks at an anti-abortion rally on May 10, 2022.
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President Joe Biden's blasted a Louisiana bill outlawing abortions without exceptions for rape and incest as "extreme" and "radical"

Senate Bill 342 by Democratic Monroe Sen. Katrina Jackson builds on Louisiana's 2006 trigger law to outlaw abortion if the Supreme Court ever reverses Roe, which seems likely after a draft decision doing so was leaked in May.

The White House released the following statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Monday.

"The Louisiana Legislature has taken the latest step in a growing attack against the fundamental freedoms of Americans," the statement said. "Louisiana’s extreme bill will criminalize abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest and punish reproductive healthcare professionals with up to 10 years in prison.

"The president is committed to protecting the constitutional rights of Americans afforded by Roe for nearly 50 years, and ensuring that women can make their own choices about their lives, bodies, and families. An overwhelming majority of the American people agree and reject these kinds of radical measures."

Jackson's bill won final passage last week with bipartisan support and sits on the desk of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, who has signed similar restrictive abortion rights bills in the past.

Edwards said he would have preferred the exceptions for rape and incest, but he has not said he will veto the bill.

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Jackson's bill specifically exempts pregnant women from prosecution but doubles the 2006 penalties for doctors or others who terminate pregnancies to a maximum $100,000 fine and 10 years in jail.

Jackson also previously authored the amendment declaring there is no right to and no funding of abortion in the Louisiana Constitution that voters overwhelmingly approved in 2020.

"I respect the president, but this bill is consistent with my pro-life views throughout my life and my career," Jackson said in an interview with USA Today Network. "After much debate the House voted against an amendment that would have added those exceptions."

Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1

This article originally appeared on Lafayette Daily Advertiser: President Biden calls Louisiana abortion bill radical, extreme