Even anti-abortion groups urge states not to criminalize women for having abortions

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As the nation continues to wrestle with the news that a leaked draft opinion indicated the Supreme Court would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, even anti-abortion groups are slamming state lawmakers and urging them not to criminalize women for having abortions.

“We unequivocally state that any measure aimed at criminalizing or punishing women is not anti-abortion and we strongly oppose such efforts,” wrote more than 70 national and state anti-abortion groups in an open letter.

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Several prominent groups, including National Right to Life, Susan B. Anthony List, Americans United for Life, March for Life Action and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, signed the letter.

The open letter comes after Louisiana state lawmakers proposed legislation classifying abortion as homicide.

The legislation, which would have been one of the most aggressive restrictions in the country, crumbled before reaching a final vote on Thursday after an amendment removing it was approved in the House of Representatives.

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State Rep. Danny McCormick, the Republican who sponsored the measure, dubbed the Louisiana Abortion Abolition Act, decided to drop the proposal after the state House voted 65-26 to amend several provisions of the bill, including the charge of homicide for women. procedure.

“The vast majority in this room claim to be pro-life, but today, when Roe is on the chopping block and we have a clear opportunity to end abortion in our state, we hesitate and try to do so. explain,” McCormick said. upstairs of the house.

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