Groups banned from distributing family planning information

The Louisiana House agreed Wednesday to ban organizations that perform abortions from distributing any information on family planning or human sexuality at public schools.

Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe, said his House Bill 305 was in line with “Louisiana’s long-standing policy of respecting the dignity of human persons, including unborn babies.”

“This bill assures that children in state-funded schools are not targeted by abortion providers to subtly sell abortion,” he said.

Planned Parenthood opposes the measure, describing it as an effort to keep comprehensive sex education out of Louisiana schools and to deny students important information to help them make responsible decisions.

The House approved Hoffmann’s proposal in a 91-6 vote, sending it to the state Senate for consideration.