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Louisiana’s 15-week abortion ban remains unenforceable

November 20, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s law banning abortions after 15 weeks remains on hold after a federal judge struck down a similar prohibition in neighboring Mississippi.

The law passed by the Louisiana Legislature and signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards earlier this year contains language that it will only take effect if a federal court upholds the law in Mississippi.

And U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves in Mississippi ruled Tuesday that the law there “unequivocally” violates women’s constitutional rights. It wasn’t immediately clear if the state’s governor would appeal the decision.

If it ever took effect, Louisiana’s law would allow the imposition of a prison sentence of up to two years for someone who performs an abortion after 15 weeks. The measure was sponsored by Democratic Sen. John Milkovich of Keithville.

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