Bill mandates life support for pregnant women

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would require doctors and hospitals to use life support to keep brain-dead pregnant women alive until they give birth, no matter a family's wishes.

The House Health and Welfare Committee backed the proposal Wednesday without objection. The measure by New Orleans Rep. Austin Badon moves to the full House for consideration.

Badon, a Democrat, says he wants to "give the unborn child a chance." He described his bill as protecting the sanctity of life.

Julie Schwam Harris, a New Orleans resident who spoke in opposition to the proposal, says it could set a dangerous precedent, putting government between a woman and her family and a woman and her doctor.

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House Bill 348 can be found at www.legis.la.gov

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