Abortion providers banned from public schools


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Organizations or people that perform abortions will be prohibited from distributing any health information at Louisiana’s public schools.

The Senate voted 31-5 Tuesday to give final passage to a bill that opponents call a direct attack on Planned Parenthood in the state. The proposal moves next to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who supports it and is expected to sign it into law.

Bogalusa Sen. Ben Nevers, a Democrat who handled the bill in the Senate, says the measure makes sure that people with a financial interest in promoting abortion can’t speak to students.

New Orleans Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, a Democrat who opposed the proposal, described it as an effort to keep medically-appropriate sex education out of Louisiana schools.