Bid to ban 15-week abortions expected to become law
May. 16, 2018
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bid to ban abortions after 15 weeks is expected to become law in Louisiana.
The Senate on Wednesday voted 24-1 to outlaw 15-week abortions, and Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards says he intends to sign the bill into law.
The measure will only take effect, however, if a federal court upholds a similar ban in Mississippi.
Democratic Sen. John Milkovich sponsored the bill. He says he wants to see the state forbid all abortions.
Mississippi enacted a 15-week abortion ban in March. It was immediately challenged by the state's only abortion clinic and a federal judge put the law on hold. That state now faces what is expected to be a protracted legal battle.
Senate Bill 181: www.legis.la.gov