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: