Louisiana passed an abortion ban on Wednesday for the fetus heartbeat and the state's democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, has indicated that he will break his party and sign the bill when he comes across his desk.
Lawmakers adopted the abortion ban in a vote from 79 to 23 on Wednesday evening at 5.15 pm, which will prevent women from undergoing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected – which usually happens six weeks after pregnancy, often before women are even aware of it are that they are pregnant.
The vote followed a heated two-hour debate on the law in which Parliament rejected an amendment on Wednesday that would be an exception for women and girls impregnated by rape of incest.
The bill, written by Shreveport Democrat John Milkovich, is one of the strictest abortion bans in the country. It will happen that women get an abortion if they are six weeks pregnant and later, with the only exception that pregnancies like & # 39; medically meaningless & # 39; are considered.
Lawmakers from Louisiana succeeded Wednesday in an abortion ban for a fetus heartbeat in a vote of 79 to 23 votes. Dem. Government John Bel Edward (above) says he will break with his party and sign the controversial law
Governor Edwards has issued a statement explaining that he is getting ready to sign the bill and adds that since 2015 he has been fighting for pro-life legislation.
The Senate already approved the law with amendments that include language to require an ultrasound and clarified that abortion did not include medically necessary cancellations.
Now it's on its way to the office of Governor John Bel Edward.
The governor, elected in 2015, has previously told reporters that he is pro-life.
& # 39; I will tell you, my personal opinion is that the people of Louisiana are overwhelmingly pro-life and this is the conversation we have had here for many years & # 39 ;, Edwards said in 2015.
After the vote, he issued a statement saying he was ready to sign the controversial law.
& # 39; In 2015 I ran for a governor as a pro-life candidate after having worked for eight years as a pro-life legislator. As a governor, I have remained faithful to my word and my beliefs on this subject. But it's also my sincere belief that pro-life means more than just being pro-birth, & Edwards shared Wednesday.
The ban does not allow abortions for pregnancies where a fetal heartbeat is detected – this usually happens around the six-week period, often before women know they are pregnant
The law, written by Shreveport Democrat John Milkovich, makes no exceptions for victims of rape and incest. The only exception is for pregnancies that are & # 39; medically useless & # 39; are expected
Hundreds of abortion rights advocates took to the streets on Wednesday to protest against anti-abortion laws
Handmilk-themed scenario players stand outside Jackson Square in the French Quarter of New Orleans in Louisiana to protest against the Heartbeat Bill that was passed on Wednesday
When signed, Louisiana becomes the fifth state to enforce a ban on fetal passions by joining Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio
& # 39; My first position as governor was to expand access to health care for working Louisians. I have worked with Republicans and Democrats in the legislature to expand investment in education and implement major criminal justice reforms. For each of the last three years, my administration has recorded data for the number of children who are included in our foster care system. And despite fierce opposition, I have fought to ensure that LGBT citizens are not discriminated against in the workplace, to raise the minimum wage and to pay a woman who is the same as a man for the same work.
& # 39; I know there are many who feel as strong as I do about abortion and disagree – and I respect their opinions. As I prepare to sign this bill, I call on the overwhelming two-fold majority of legislators who voted to build a better Louisiana with me that will care for the smallest of us and give everyone more opportunities, & # 39 he added.
Although he divorces his party, he is one of many democrats who vote to ban abortion in the red south.
Democrat Rep of the Republic Katrina Jackson is a sponsor of the bill and says that her personal religious beliefs overshadow her party's preferences.
& # 39; I do not believe that I am a legislator in the field of cookie machines … If you have a genuine faith, you stand for that belief. That does not mean that you abandon your party. That doesn't mean you are abandoning someone. That means you understand that a one-size-fits-all approach to legislature is not working, & she said to the Washington Post.
According to the text of the law, the ban will only be effective if a similar law in Mississippi is held up by the federal court of appeal.
A large number of states have adopted abortion prohibitions to submit legislative proposals in an attempt to challenge the Roe v. Wade decision of the Supreme Court of 1973, which states that access to abortion is a constitutional right
When signed, Louisiana becomes the fifth state to accept a ban on the ban on fetal passions by joining Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio.
According to the text of the bill, the ban will only apply if an almost identical bill in Mississippi is held in the federal court of appeal, according to NBC News.
That ban stands for a legal challenge on Friday a federal judge issued a provisional injunction prohibiting the anti-abortion law against the Mississippi fetus from entering into force, arguing that such a prohibition violates women's rights in health care.
A large number of states have abused abortion prohibitions to submit legislative proposals in an effort to De Roe v. Wade decision of the Supreme Court from 1973, stating that access to abortion proceedings is a constitutional right.
The wildfire of the abortion bill began with Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey, when he enacted an almost total abortion ban law on May 15. Lawmakers said the prohibition was specifically intended to challenge and overthrow federal abortion protection.
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