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Jindal signs pro-life laws, sole protester speaks out

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Two pro-life bills were officially signed into law Thursday by Governor Bobby Jindal.

These laws create new restrictions for abortion clinics, potentially shutting down three of the state's five facilities.

House Bill 388, the "Unsafe Abortion Protection Act," requires all doctors that provide abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals. The other bill, HB 305, stops abortion information or materials from being distributed inside Louisiana public and charter schools.

"I'm just here to tell him please don't do it, you are taking away a woman's right to choose, and apparently I'm the only one," says Alicia Lahaie, the sole protester at the bill signing.

Jindal says the bills improve women's healthcare, "...Protects women by ensuring they have access to healthcare in emergency services."

Lahaie disagrees, saying the new restrictions will make it harder for people to receive treatment by closing three of the five clinics in the state.

"There's no reason that shouldn't be an option for every woman," says Lahaie, "I shouldn't have to go to a back alley with a coat hanger to have it done."

Jindal thanked the authors of the bills, congressional supporters, and First West Church for hosting the signing, something else Lahaie sees as an issue.

"The whole separation of church and state, this is a bill that's political that's being signed in a church," says the protester, "something about that feels very wrong to me as a person who votes and take politics very seriously."

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