Louisiana’s Governor John Bel Edwards, a pro-life Democrat, signed the state’s “Heartbeat Bill” on Thursday which bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually at about six weeks gestation.
“I call on the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who voted for it to join me in continuing to build a better Louisiana that cares for the least among us and provides more opportunity for everyone,” said Edwards.
The bill allows for exceptions if the mother’s health is at risk or in the case of a fatal prenatal diagnosis for the child. However, in reality, abortion is never necessary for either of these reasons. Watch this video below to find out why:
The law also states that while the abortionist would face up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, the woman wouldn’t face any charges.
With the signing of the bill, Louisiana becomes the fifth state to pass a “heartbeat bill.” Each of those states is facing legal challenges and the laws have yet to go into effect. As for Louisiana, its bill cannot go into effect unless Mississippi’s law is allowed to go into effect, as they are under the same federal appeals court circuit; however, a U.S. district judge blocked the Mississippi bill on Friday. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant plans to “encourage the Attorney General to seek immediate review of the preliminary injunction.”
Governor John Bel Edwards is known for his pro-life stance, which he says he came to when he and his wife were advised to abort their daughter, who had been diagnosed prenatally with spina bifida. The governor’s work in expanding the state’s Medicaid program. Each year that he has been governor, abortion numbers have dropped in Louisiana.
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