Louisiana’s ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill Passes, But What’s Next? [VIDEO]
Louisiana State Senator John Milkovich talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the status of the his "heartbeat" abortion bill, which now goes to Governor John Bel Edwards for signing.
The bill, which was passed by both houses of the legislature, is expected to get the Governor's imprimatur, but will most likely be challenged in court by pro-abortion forces.
Details on the legislation from nbcnews.com:
"The Louisiana House of Representatives passed an abortion ban on a 79-23 vote Wednesday that would prohibit women from terminating a pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat has been detected.
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has indicated he will break with his party and sign the ban if it crosses his desk. The Senate already approved the bill with amendments that include language to require an ultrasound and clarified that abortion did not include medically necessary terminations.
"Louisiana would become the fifth state to pass a fetal heartbeat ban, joining Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio. Louisiana is also considering a bill that would ask voters to add a constitutional amendment that would declare that the state doesn’t protect abortion rights.
A federal judge on Friday issued a preliminary injunction blocking Mississippi's fetal heartbeat anti-abortion law from going into effect, saying it infringes on women's health care rights."