#TSRPolitics: Louisiana Is The Latest State To Pass ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban, Governor Expected To Sign Bill

#TSRPolitics: Louisiana Is The Latest State To Pass ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban, Governor Expected To Sign Bill

It looks like Louisiana is the latest state to pass an abortion ban bill, joining the wave of anti-abortion legislation in the country.

The Louisiana House of Representatives passed a ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy on a 79-23 vote today, @nbcnews reports.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to sign the bill as he has indicated that he would break with his party and sign the legislation if it crosses his desk.

The House rejected an amendment Wednesday that would have provided an exception to the bill for women and girls who had been impregnated through rape or incest. The Senate already approved the bill with amendments that include language to require an ultrasound and clarified that abortion would not include medically necessary terminations.

Edwards, who was elected governor in 2015, has described himself as a “pro-life candidate.”

“I will just tell you, my personal opinion is that the people of Louisiana are overwhelming pro-life and this is the conversation that we’ve been having here for many many years,” Edwards told reporters earlier this month.

If Edwards signs the bill, that would make Louisiana  the fifth state to pass a fetal heartbeat ban, joining Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio.

Louisiana is reportedly also considering a bill that would ask voters to add a constitutional amendment that would declare that the state doesn’t protect abortion rights.

The ban, which includes an exception for pregnancies deemed “medically futile,” would only take effect if a similar bill in Mississippi is held up in a federal appeals court, according to the bill’s wording.

Mississippi’s law would ban abortions as early as six weeks, before most women are even aware that they are pregnant.

We will keep you posted on any updates, Roommates.

TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh

 

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