Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards reportedly signaled he would sign his state’s “heartbeat” legislation — effectively banning abortions after just weeks of pregnancy — as his party faced questions over whether it should be more inclusive of pro-life voices. . .
The bill, which awaited a vote from the Louisiana House of Representatives, would make the state one of the strictest on abortion access — following a slew of other states that passed restrictions in an apparent attempt to make the Supreme Court reconsider major precedent on the issue.
Pro-life advocates have heralded measures like “heartbeat” legislation while groups like Planned Parenthood have challenged them in a series of legal battles. Louisiana’s bill could face a lawsuit from the same group — the American Civil Liberties Union — that sued Ohio over its own “heartbeat” legislation. . .
“My position hasn’t changed. In eight years in the Legislature, I was a pro-life legislator,” Edwards said. Edwards attributed his pro-life stance to his faith but it also appeared to hold personal significance. Nearly three decades ago, he and his wife decided to have his daughter, diagnosed as a baby with spina bifida, against the doctor’s advice to abort. . .
According to a Marist poll from 2019, Democrats varied in their opinion on abortion restrictions. But a strong majority — 60 percent — said they supported limiting abortion to the first trimester. Another poll from May showed that overall, registered voters thought heartbeat bills were either “just right” or “too lenient.” That contrasted with 45 percent who said they were “too restrictive.” (Read more from “Another Major Pro-Life Bill Passed, But This One Signed by DEMOCRATIC Governor!” HERE)