DAILYKENN.com --The governor of Louisiana says he will sign a restrictive abortion law, effectively banning most abortions from his state.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edward, a Democrat, is breaking with his party's view that Americans have no right to life prior to birth.
Thehill.com reports that most registered voters support so-called heartbeat laws that prohibit abortion after a babies heartbeat can be detected:
More than half of registered voters believe that laws banning abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy are not too restrictive, according to a new Hill-HarrisX survey. The May 10-11 poll found that 21 percent of registered voters said that such abortion bans are "too lenient" while 34 percent said they believe they are "just right."Forty-five percent of respondents said they believe the laws are "too restrictive."
Louisiana Gov. 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.
“When I ran for governor, I said I was pro-life and so that’s something that’s consistent," he reportedly said when asked about the bill on Thursday.
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.
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