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      RS 40:1061.4     


§1061.4. Governmental assistance; discrimination for refusal to participate in an abortion; prohibition

            A. The term governmental assistance as used in this Section shall include federal, state and local grants, loans and all other forms of financial and other aid from any level of government or from any governmental agency.

            B. No woman shall be denied governmental assistance or be otherwise discriminated against or pressured in any way for refusing to accept or submit to an abortion, which she may do for any reason and without explanation.

            C. No hospital, clinic, or other medical or health facility, whether public or private, shall ever be denied governmental assistance or be otherwise discriminated against or otherwise be pressured in any way for refusing to permit its facilities, staff or employees to be used in any way for the purpose of performing any abortion.

            D. No abortion shall be performed on any woman unless prior to the abortion she shall have been advised, orally and in writing, that she is not required to submit to the abortion and that she may refuse any abortion for any reason and without explanation and that she shall not be deprived of any governmental assistance or any other kind of benefits for refusing to submit to an abortion. This provision shall be of full force and effect notwithstanding the fact that the woman in question is a minor, in which event said minor's parents, or if a minor emancipated by marriage, the minor's husband, shall also be fully advised of their right to refuse an abortion for the minor in the same manner as the minor is advised. Compliance with this provision shall be evidenced by the written consent of the woman that she submits to the abortion voluntarily and of her own free will, and by written consent of her parents, if she is an unmarried minor, and by consent of her husband if she is a minor emancipated by marriage, such written consent to set forth the written advice given and the written consent and acknowledgment that a full explanation of the abortion procedure to be performed has been given and is understood.

            Added by Acts 1973, No. 72, §1; Redesignated from R.S. 40:1299.33 by HCR 84 of 2015 R.S.

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