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Louisiana’s Democratic governor signs heartbeat bill

by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/31/19, 11:18 am

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a rare pro-life Democrat, signed a bill into law Thursday protecting unborn babies from abortion after they have a detectable heartbeat, typically by six to eight weeks of gestation. Edwards, who is running for reelection in the fall, did not hold a public signing but made the announcement through his office. On Wednesday, he said he was elected on a pro-life platform in 2015 and, “I have been true to my word and my beliefs on this issue.”

Louisiana is the fifth state to pass a heartbeat law this year, joining Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio. None of the bills have taken effect, with some currently facing court challenges. Louisiana’s law will only take effect if a federal appeals court upholds a similar law in neighboring Mississippi.

Some Louisiana lawmakers hope the law will overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which led to the legalization of abortion nationwide.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 05/31/2019 02:40 pm


  • Janet B
    Posted: Sat, 06/01/2019 06:54 pm

    God bless you, Governor Bel Edwards!!!

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Sun, 06/02/2019 01:08 pm

    I admire this governor. Why is he a Democrat? How can he be a Democrat? He is at odds with the party platform.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 06/03/2019 04:30 pm

    I don’t pay any attention to Louisiana politics but my guess is that Governor Edwards has to deal with his State’s voters being totally unwilling to vote for a Republican.