Katrina Jackson is a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. She’s also pro-life. Rep. Jackson spoke in defense of the unborn at the recent March for Life, and she’s authored bills that protect them.
For example, she wrote a bill that required abortionists in the state to obtain admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles. Then-governor Bobby Jindal signed the measure into law, but the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked it in February.
Nevertheless, Rep. Jackson continues the fight to protect voiceless and vulnerable unborn babies from abortionists’ instruments of death. She authored an amendment (HB 425) to the state constitution stipulating “that no provision of the constitution protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.” If approved, the bill will be placed on the November ballot for voters to decide.
In a statement, Jackson said the amendment “makes sure there is no right to abortion or taxpayer funding of abortion in our state constitution.”
A total of 18 states currently have laws that could be used to restrict the legal status of abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research and advocacy organization focused on reproductive health rights. Six states, including Louisiana, have what pro-choice advocates refer to as a “trigger law,” which would make abortion illegal should Roe v. Wade be overturned.
HB 425 is one of several bills concerning the regulation of abortion being heard by Louisiana lawmakers during this year’s legislative session. On Wednesday, lawmakers in the House Committee on Health and Welfare voted in favor of a bill (HB 133) updating the state’s definition of abortion to include medically-induced abortions using mifepristone and misoprostol, medications more commonly known as the “abortion pill.”
Five years ago, Melissa Flournoy, a white woman (only relevant because of what she said) and then-director of Louisiana Planned Parenthood, didn’t like Rep. Jackson’s pro-life commitment. She “jokingly” said she hoped a black abortion advocate kicked the lawmaker’s “a–” in 2014.
A different black abortion advocate didn’t take the bait. Instead, she criticized Flournoy for stereotyping black women.