Louisiana’s Governor Signs 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill Into Law


Missouri lawmakers recently approved an eight-week ban on abortion. "When I ran for governor, I said that I was pro-life, and so that's something that's consistent". 184 into law, prohibiting the abortion of an unborn baby with a detectable heartbeat.

The state joins four other states-Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio-in supporting the heartbeat bill. The Louisiana bill will only take effect if legislation in neighboring MS is upheld in the courts. A federal judge on Friday placed a stay on the law while the legal challenges play out.

As Republicans across the country launch legislative attacks on women's reproductive rights with the ultimate goal of overturning Roe v. Wade, it was Louisiana Democrats who led the charge Thursday in enshrining the latest state-level abortion ban into law.

Many on Thursday wore bright pink T-shirts reading "We Stand With Planned Parenthood" on the front and "We Won't Back Down" on the back, in protest of the so-called heartbeat bill.

In total, over a dozen House Democrats voted for the bill on its final passage on Wednesday, while seven Democrat state Senators voted in favor of the legislation earlier this month. With all of these measures, proponents who purport to "protect life", in fact, are aiming to force women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term or to receive back-alley abortions, posing great risk to the life and health of millions of women.

"It's all about abortion, they just don't want anyone who opposes abortion in the party".

It includes penalties for abortion providers, not women seeking abortions. If the fetus is considered a "living person" from conception, an abortion could be considered murder.

The law in Louisiana will only take effect if Mississippi's similar law, which was blocked by a federal judge, is upheld in court.

"The bill, known as HB314, criminalizes abortion in almost every scenario, without any exceptions for cases of rape or incest, regardless of how far along a woman's pregnancy is".

The legislation also includes an exemption when a physician certifies that the pregnancy is diagnosed as "medically futile", i.e., "the unborn child has a profound and irremediable congenital or chromosomal anomaly that is incompatible with sustaining life after birth".

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The Louisiana ban requires that prior to an abortion, an ultrasound is performed in order to determine whether a fetal heartbeat is present. In the very early stages of pregnancy the heartbeat can not be detected with a traditional abdominal ultrasound.

"Because a lot of women don't know they are pregnant at six weeks, they will not get the care that they need", Sams said.

A doctor who violates the prohibition under the bill could face a prison sentence of up to two years, along with the revocation of their medical license. "I don't believe it is a civil rights issue", she later said of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case which legalized abortion throughout the country.

The new law seeks to ban abortion much earlier with two exceptions. Alabama's gone further, outlawing virtually all abortions. "But it is also my honest belief that being pro-life means more than just being pro-birth".

The bill was introduced by Republican state Rep. Valarie Hodges, who called it "a very solemn responsibility".

The chair of Louisiana's Democratic Party, Sen. He has claimed that archeologists and scientists have verified the original story of the Christian Bible, and that a study of rocks has proven that the earth was created in a week.

"This extreme abortion ban is part of a concerted, nationwide effort to criminalize abortion", said Alanah Odoms Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana executive director, in a statement.

A judge gave a scandal-plagued abortion facility in St. Louis a temporary reprieve Friday, less than 12 hours before it would have had to surrender its abortion license to Missouri health officials.

The move comes after several other US states enacted similar measures.