The Louisiana House of Representatives passed the Heartbeat Abortion Bill, which prohibits pregnancy termination once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
The vote on 29 May was 79-23.
Louisiana Heartbeat Abortion Bill
Commenting on the passage, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards said he would break with his party to sign the ban once it crossed his desk.
The ‘pro-life’ elect governor in 2015 called on the bipartisan majority of legislators who voted for the bill to join him in “continuing to build a better Louisiana.”
Louisiana lawmakers voted to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable — as early as six weeks into a pregnancy — with no exceptions for rape or incest. The Democratic governor is expected to sign the bill. https://t.co/6TyC5fRrKx
— CNN (@CNN) May 29, 2019
The Senate has already approved an amended version of the bill which requires an ultrasound before performing an abortion.
The House disapproved an amendment which would have exempted impregnated incest and rape victims.
According to the text of the bill, the ban which exempts ‘medically futile’ pregnancies would only be effective if federal appeals court held up a similar bill in Mississippi. Under Mississippi’s law, abortions are prohibited as early as six weeks.
A Federal Judge released a preliminary injunction that blocks Mississippi’s fetal heartbeat ban law from going into effect on 24 May.
— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) May 29, 2019
If signed into law, Louisiana would become the fifth state to pass a heartbeat abortion ban bill, joining Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Georgia.
Other states supporting an abortion ban
Aside from Louisiana, there are other several states which challenge the decision of Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade to consider access to abortion procedure as a constitutional right.
On 15 May, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law a near-total abortion ban bill that effectively overturned over four decades of federal abortion protections.
BREAKING: Louisiana lawmakers pass “heartbeat” abortion ban; Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards expected to sign the bill into law. https://t.co/pL0GSminjU
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 29, 2019
On 28 May, Indiana’s Supreme Court upheld a law which requires abortion providers to cremate or bury fetal remains. It, however, left court rulings intact that disallowed measures preventing women from having an abortion based on the genetic disorder, race or gender of the fetus.