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Senate Passes Bill Requiring Artwork Before Abortion

The Louisiana Senate approved legislation that would force women wanting to terminate their pregnancies to first make charcoal sketches of their unborn children. State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, D-Baton Rouge, said the measure she sponsored would ensure all the necessary art supplies would be on hand in the examination room and would require the physician to approve of the woman’s craftsmanship before performing the procedure.Senators advanced Senate Bill 769 by a vote of 33 to 5 last month. The measure is expected to pass easily through the House of Representatives and eventually be signed by Governor Bobby Jindal. Broome said SB 769 is similar to legislation passed by Texas legislators last year that requires women in that state to make finger paintings depicting the fetuses they wish to abort.

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