Measure would strip Planned Parenthood of Medicaid money if it performs abortions in La.

The Senate gave final passage to the proposal Monday with a 33-2 vote, sending it to Gov. John Bel Edwards. The Democratic governor was pushing the bill as part of his legislative agenda and is expected to sign it.

Here is how Houma-Thibodaux area senators voted on House Bill 606:


Bret Allain, R-Franklin; Norby Chabert, R-Houma; Gary Smith, D-Norco.


Troy Brown, D-Napoleonville.

All of the area’s representatives supported the measure in an earlier vote.

Federal health officials have warned such efforts may violate the law, and a federal judge has blocked previous Louisiana efforts to cut off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood clinics.

The bill by Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe, prohibits public funding in Louisiana for entities that perform abortions. Planned Parenthood has indicated it wants to offer abortions at its new clinic under construction in New Orleans.

Exceptions are included in the bill for abortions performed for victims of rape or incest, for women whose lives are in danger or for pregnancies considered “medically futile.”

No one debated the measure on the Senate floor Monday.

But in prior discussions, bill supporters said they don’t want tax dollars to flow to clinics that offer abortions, even though Medicaid money can’t pay for abortions. They said

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