LA Gov. Jindal Likely to Force Life Support For Brain Dead Woman To Protect Fetus
Even if it goes against the wishes of the family Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wants to pass a law that would require them to keep a pregnant woman alive to protect a fetus.
House Bill 1274, sponsored by state Rep. Austin Badon (D), specifies that if a woman is at least 20 weeks pregnant, the doctor must keep her on mechanical support unless her will specifically states that she wants to be taken off life support if she is pregnant. The bill overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate last week.
“Do we really want to pull the plug of that healthy baby?” Badon said during debates, according to The Times-Picayune.
The state Senate passed the bill with an amendment that would have given family members the option of taking the woman off life support, but a six-person conference committee of House and Senate members stripped that provision in their final compromise.
A Texas judge ruled earlier this year that a Fort Worth hospital had to remove a pregnant woman from life support in accordance with her husband’s wishes…
Jindal is expected to sign the bill.