Louisiana inching toward 15-week abortion ban
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is moving to outlaw abortions after 15 weeks if a federal court upholds a similar ban in Mississippi.
The House approved the measure without debate Tuesday by a vote of 78-9.
Sen. John Milkovich, a Democrat who sponsored the bill, has said he wants to see Louisiana outlaw all abortions. Under his proposal, anyone other than the woman ending her pregnancy who “commits the crime of abortion” could be punished by up to a decade of hard labor in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
The Senate approved the measure last month but must accept minor tweaks. A spokesman for Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards says the governor is inclined to sign it into law.
The 15-week abortion ban Mississippi enacted in March is on hold after being challenged by the state’s only abortion clinic. Louisiana lawmakers amended their bill to make it effective only if a federal appeals court upholds the Mississippi law.
Senate Bill 181: www.legis.la.gov