Katrina Jackson, a state delegate in Louisiana. Is pro-life. And a Democrat.
Rep. Jackson, who spoke at the March for Life rally in January, authored a state bill that would require doctors who kill unborn babies to have admitting privileges to hospitals within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. Former governor Bobby Jindal signed the bill into law.
Abortion advocates asked a court to block the law, and the court obliged. But a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the lower court’s decision and allowed the law to be enforced. The case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, where, sadly, five of the nine justices last week blocked the law while it’s under review.
Justice John Roberts, appointed by George W. Bush, was the “swing” vote, siding with the liberal justices. Justices Clarence Thomas, Sam Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh voted to allow the law to go into effect.
“I understand what the critics say, but the goal with this law is women who are receiving abortions should have the same standard of care as those receiving other procedures,” Rep. Jackson told USA Today. “I hope one day we can overturn Roe versus Wade (the Supreme Court decision making abortion legal), but that wasn’t the aim of this law.”
Here’s a clip of Rep. Jackson’s speech at March for Life via Live Action News: