Louisiana becomes fifth US state to enact restrictive abortion law based on foetal heartbeat
TVNZ One News 31 May 2019
Family First Comment: Louisiana’s latest abortion ban won support from many Democrats and was sponsored by Democratic Sen. John Milkovich. And the governor won some GOP praise for his position, including female Republicans!!
“Although Edwards is a rarity in the national Democratic Party, he ran as an anti-abortion candidate. In his 2015 campaign, Edwards had a prominent TV ad that showed his wife, Donna, describing being advised to have an abortion because of their daughter’s spinal birth defect. The Edwardses refused, and the ad showed a grown-up Samantha.”
Louisiana’s Democratic governor signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy today, a move that puts him squarely in line with the leaders of other conservative Southern states while provoking anger from members of his own party.
With his signature, Governor John Bel Edwards made Louisiana the fifth state to enact a law prohibiting abortion when a foetal heartbeat is detected, joining Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio and Georgia. Alabama’s gone further, outlawing virtually all abortions .
Louisiana’s law doesn’t contain exceptions for pregnancies from rape or incest.
The bill’s signing, however, won’t limit the state’s three abortion clinics anytime soon. Louisiana’s law takes effect only if the law in neighbouring Mississippi, which was recently blocked by a judge , is upheld by a federal appeals court.
Edwards, a Catholic running for reelection this year, didn’t hold a public bill signing or issue a statement about it, instead announcing his action through his office.
He had repeatedly said he intended to sign the measure, citing his faith and saying his views match those of the people in his conservative, religious state.
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