‘Fetal heartbeat’ abortion bill passes La. House

Sen. John Milkovich, D-Shreveport, and Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, commented on the successful passage of the ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill outside the State Capitol after the House votes on Wednesday. (Photo Source: Hunter Lovell/LSU Manship School News Service)

Published: May 29, 2019

By: Tryfon Boukouvidis, LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE, La. (LSU Manship School News Service) The Louisiana House on Wednesday passed in a 79-23 vote anti-abortion legislation that would effectively ban abortions in the state, echoing similar legislative efforts by other Republican-controlled legislatures in the South.

A bill by Sen. John Milkovich, D-Shreveport, would outlaw the abortion of a fetus with a detectable heartbeat, which usually occurs around six weeks and before many women are aware they are pregnant.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, a pro-life Democrat who is up for re-election this fall, commented after the vote that he would sign the bill into law.

“In 2015, I ran for governor as a pro-life candidate after serving as a pro-life legislator for eight years. As governor, I have been true to my word and my beliefs on this issue,” the governor said in a statement.

“As I prepare to sign this bill, I call on the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who voted for it to join me in continuing to build a better Louisiana,” Edwards added.

Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, who presented the bill, said, “In Louisiana, we have a culture of love of life, love of family, and love of God. Nothing is more precious to any of us than the heartbeat [of a baby].”

Read more in KALB.

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