A Louisiana bill that requires abortion clinics to give women more time to consider their options passed the state House on Wednesday in a landslide vote.

Louisiana House Bill 386 would increase the current time for reflection between pre-abortion counseling and the actual abortion procedure from 24 hours to 72 hours.According to ABC News, an exception in the bill allows a 24-hour waiting period for women who live at least 150 from the nearest abortion clinic. The House voted 87-5 to pass the measure, the report states.

Louisiana Right to Life Legislative Director Deanna Wallace said she was thrilled to see the Women’s Enhanced Reflection Act pass with strong, bipartisan support.

“This important bill empowers women considering abortion with additional reflection time before an abortion so women can can consider their options more effectively,” Wallace said. “Not only would this protect women from future emotional and psychological harm, but it would give victims of coercion and violence more time to reach out for help before being forced into an abortion they do not want.”

The author of the bill, state Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe, said the legislation may help reduce abortions by giving women more time to consider the alternatives.

“It can certainly help prevent against later regret,” Hoffmann said. “It’s the life of the unborn child that will be affected by the decision.”

 

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