Gov. Landry Signs the Catherine and Josephine Herring Act

For Immediate Release: May 24, 2024
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Marjorie Dannenfelser: Abortion drug coercion is ‘new form of domestic violence’

Baton Rouge, La. – Louisiana now has a law punishing those who poison a pregnant woman with abortion drugs without her consent thanks to Gov. Jeff Landry who signed SB 276 into law today. The new law adds mifepristone and misoprostol to Louisiana’s controlled substance list, allows doctors to continue prescribing the drugs for non-abortion reasons, and explicitly does not punish women.

SBA Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser celebrated the signage of the Catherine and Josephine Herring Act:

“Abortion drug poisoning is a new form of domestic violence. Gov. Landry took a stand for women today as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have quested to erase Catherine Herring and the women like her who have experienced abortion drug poisoning and coercion. Leaders on both sides of the aisle must take this threat to women seriously and roll back the shield laws and mail-order of abortion drugs that enable abusers.”

Bill sponsor Sen. Thomas Pressly named the bill in honor of his sister Catherine Herring, whose daughter Josephine was almost killed by her soon-to-be-ex-husband who slipped abortion drugs he obtained from Mexico into Catherine’s drinks. The husband received 180 days in county jail for attempting to kill his unborn child multiple times.

“There was no ‘choice’ involved when my husband slipped abortion drugs into my drinks seven times,” said Catherine Herring. “I suffered serious side effects from the drugs that almost took my daughter’s life. As a survivor of domestic violence, I’m grateful for Louisiana’s willingness to protect women and children from those who intend to harm them with abortion drugs.”

In addition to ending the life of a baby in the womb, abortion drugs can cause hemorrhaging, infection, and in some situations, death. Under a Biden administration rule, abortion drugs can be sent through the mail and prescribed without an in-person doctor visit. A new peer-reviewed article documents how the FDA relied on cherrypicked data to justify the rule.


Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is a network of more than one million pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.


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