Louisiana Governor, a Democrat, ready to heartbeat “abortion ban” in the law

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Louisiana state Parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a so-called “heartbeat” pro-life bill, becoming the latest in a series of States to adopt strict new restrictions on abortion, hoping many conservatives have, at the end of the Supreme Court in its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision to come back.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, has said he will buck the national party and the creation and sign the measure into law. Another Democrat, state sen. John Milkovich, a Sponsor of the bill, and underlines the deep pro-life culture in Louisiana, even among liberal politicians.

The bill, the evacuation of the Louisiana house by a 79-23 vote, also requires an ultrasound performed before an abortion procedure is performed. If a fetal heartbeat is discovered, the bill prohibits abortion, unless, under penalty of perjury, that the abortion provider explains the procedure necessary “to prevent the death of the pregnant woman or to prevent a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.”

The draft law also includes an exemption in the event a doctor certifies that “the unborn child has a profound and irremediable congenital or chromosomal anomaly that is incompatible with sustaining life after birth.”

The text does not include an exception for rape or incest, but it includes penalties for abortion providers, not women who have abortions. Doctors break the law could face up to two years in prison and lose their medical license.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, said he will sign the legislation. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, file)

In a statement released on Twitter shortly after the vote, Gov., Edwards stressed that “pro-life means more than just pro-birth” is propagated, its criminal justice reform and foster care initiatives, and vowed to sign the bill into law.

“I know there are many who feel just as strongly as I do to abortion, and not agree with me and I respect their opinions,” Edwards wrote. “As I prepare for this character, bill, I’m calling the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who voted for him to accompany me, in continuation of the efforts to better Louisiana, the for the least among us, and offers more opportunities for all.”

Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio have enacted similar heartbeat bills, which, in General, abortion limit, as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. Missouri lawmakers approved, in the meantime, an eight-week ban on abortions. Alabama went further, banning virtually all abortions.

None of the prohibitions become effective, and all are expected to face legal challenges.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, 2020-presidential candidate, suggested that the laws made them “angry,” writing on Twitter that “the threat to Roe v. Wade is real.”


Louisiana’s ban, by its explicit terms, would be only possible when neighboring Mississippi law is confirmed by a Federal appeals court. A Federal judge temporarily blocked the Mississippi law Friday.

In this respect, the new law is somewhat similar to 2006 in a “trigger law,” into law under Gov. Kathleen Blanco signed by then-Louisiana, a Democrat. The act effectively ban all abortions would, except when the health of the mother is in danger, immediately, if the Supreme court’s ROE is ever reversed, the ground-breaking case breaking determined that a Constitution prescribed a moderate right to privacy and a limited right to abortion that the high court has later refined.

Pro-choice women protest at the Louisiana Capitol, where the legislature adopted a law, prohibiting abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy, on Tuesday, may 21, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

On Tuesday, in a 20-page opinion, in an abortion-related case, matching on the fetal remains in Indiana, justice Clarence Thomas preview of what is likely to be an all-out legal and judicial argument on the subject in the coming years.

Thomas open compared with abortion, birth control and eugenics, citing the statistics of the minorities affected by the abortion, and argued that the dissenting opinion from liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “little sense.”


“In view of the possible abortion to be an Instrument of eugenic manipulation,” wrote Thomas, “the court will soon need to challenge the constitutionality of the laws, like Indiana.”

Ginsburg shot back that one of Thomas’ footnotes “shows more heat than light.”

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