The Louisiana state legislature on Wednesday passed one of the country’s strictest abortion bans.
The bill does not make an exception for incest or rape.
According to Hollywood Unlocked, Louisiana is now the sixth state, joining Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky, and Missouri, to pass a “heartbeat” bill. The bill requires that abortion is prohibited once a fetal heartbeat is heard during an ultrasound. The bill also requires doctors who fail to comply with the law to pay a $1,000 fine or serve up to two years in prison.
The law would be among the strictest in the nation. It bans women from terminating a pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat has been detected, typically around six weeks.
However, the bill will make an exception for some abortions. The only exception is to prevent death or pose a risk to major bodily functions. Doctors are required to document the cause of the procedure in writing.
The bill passed on a 79-23 vote in the House after intense debate. The Senate had already approved the bill.
In a statement on Wednesday, Edwards confirmed his intention to sign the bill.
“In 2015, I ran for governor as a pro-life candidate after serving as a pro-life legislator for eight years,” he said. “As governor, I have been true to my word and my beliefs on this issue.”
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