What makes Louisiana's action unusual, though, is that the measure was written by a Democratic state senator, John Milkovich, and will soon be signed into law by a Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards. Alabama's gone even further, outlawing virtually all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest.
The bill's passage makes Louisiana the fifth state, after Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and OH, to pass a fetal heartbeat act in its state, which challenges the constitutional right to an abortion guaranteed by the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade.
Louisiana is poised to become the latest state to have a controversial abortion ban signed into law.
The Louisiana legislation will not go into effect until a U.S. Appeals Court rules on whether to allow a similar measure in neighboring MS to take effect.
"That's a family decision", said state Rep. Ted James, who authored the amendment. While some Republican politicians have been wary of incurring the costs of a legal battle they expect to lose, others advocate heartbeat bills specifically as vehicles to provoke challenges they hope will reach the U.S. Supreme Court and finally overturn Roe v. Wade, thereby restoring the American people's right to vote directly on their own abortion laws.
On another front in the battle, Planned Parenthood sued the Missouri department of health on Tuesday after the department told the state's only abortion clinic it could not approve a license until it interviewed seven doctors that worked there. It also allows abortions if pregnancy may cause "substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function".
So like anti-abortion lawmakers everywhere, the Louisiana pols seeking to revoke reproductive rights will have to wait and see if the Supreme Court's spanking-new five-Justice conservative bloc will succor them with a reversal or modification of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
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More than a dozen Democratic lawmakers joined all the Republicans in voting for the new law.
Edwards said he campaigned as a pro-life candidate in a statement on his decision Wednesday that focused mostly on his assertion that his pro-life view extends into the life of the child beyond birth.
US President Donald Trump has said he is against abortion except where the pregnancy endangers the mother's life, or results from rape or incest.
Last week, Parson signed into law a measure banning abortion in Missouri after the eighth week of a woman's pregnancy.
Edwards, facing re-election this fall, is somewhat of a pariah in the Democrat Party as he is the only pro-life Democrat governor in the country, making him one of the most prominent pro-life Democrat elected officials in the country.
Still, the governor faced an outcry of anger on social media from Democrats who objected to his support for the abortion ban.