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"When officers arrest criminals today, they are read their rights," he said. "Now if we're giving criminals their basic rights and they have to be informed of those rights, it seems to me only common sense we would have to do the same thing for women before they make the choice about whether to get an abortion."
In fact, by the standards of abortion laws being enacted elsewhere in nation, the signage law, which also establishes a website providing misinformation about abortion, is mild. If the governor and other forced-birthers in Louisiana had their way, women who obtained abortions and their physicians would actually be Mirandized because the procedure would be illegal. While the latest law, an amendment to previously enacted legislation, requires signs to be prominently placed in clinics telling women they can't be coerced into having an abortion, state laws already on the books have made the procedure increasingly difficult to obtain in Louisiana. And there's no doubt that more laws will be added. At the signing ceremony, Jindal said:
Today is surely a very important step forward, but we must never forget the tremendous amount of work that remains to be done to create consistent culture of life in our state, and our country, and our society so that every innocent life, every unborn child is welcome in this world. …
The culture of life doesn't extend to the born, apparently. The governor earlier vetoed a proposed 4-cent additional tax on cigarettes that would have brought in $12 million, enough to generate a total of $48 million with federal matching funds for Medicaid, a program that Jindal is in the process of turning over to private insurers.