Louisiana: Gov. John Bel Edwards, a rare pro-life Democrat, signed a bill Thursday that protects unborn babies from abortion after they have a detectable heartbeat. “I have been true to my word and my beliefs on this issue,” he said in a statement.
Missouri: Despite fears from abortion advocates that the state would become the first “abortion-free state,” St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer issued a temporary restraining order Friday saying Missouri could not prevent Planned Parenthood from performing abortions after it struggled to renew its license. The state had refused to renew the St. Louis facility’s license due to concerns over failed abortions. Other reports, collected by Abby Johnson’s pro-life website Check My Clinic, show health violation citations at that abortion facility for unsterilized instruments, expired medication, and using a single-dose medication on multiple patients.
Illinois: Pro-life advocates are watching with dismay as a bill that would create a legal “fundamental right” to abortion, allowing for abortions up to the moment of birth, sits on Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk. “This bill remains the most radically pro-abortion measure of its kind and would make Illinois an abortion destination for the country,” Peter Breen, a former Illinois state representative and current vice president of pro-life legal group Liberty Counsel, said in a statement. “[It] would strip all rights from unborn children and wipe nearly every abortion regulation off the books in Illinois.” —S.G.