‘Heartbeat’ abortion bill passes in Louisiana

Photo: A imaging table inside the Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood St. Louis Region, Missouri’s sole abortion clinic, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. May 28, 2019. (Lawrence Bryant, Reuters)

LOUISIANA — Lawmakers are also moving forward in a vote to ban abortions.

“Today we join with thousands of Louisianans, millions of Americans and statehouses across the United States in bringing this message to America and the world: we choose to confront the culture of death,” said Senator John Milkovich.

This new legislation, coined as the Heartbeat Bill, declares abortions to be illegal after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks.

In a vote of 79 to 23 on Wednesday, the Louisiana House passed the bill and sent it to the state’s Democratic governor — John Bel Edwards — for signing. Edwards has openly expressed his support of the ban, despite facing opposition.

With his signature, Edwards will become the first Democrat to sign in support of banning abortions after six weeks.

Other states have also enacted this similar law — including Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia and Missouri.

Alabama has the strictest abortion law in the country, making it illegal to perform the procedure, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

More details on ABS-CBN News: https://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/05/30/19/louisiana-governor-to-sign-heartbeat-ban-latest-move-to-curb-us-abortion-rights.


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