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