Louisiana lawmakers pass bill to ban abortions as early as 6 weeks

May 30, 2019 02:10
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, New Orleans, 2018.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, New Orleans, 2018.. (photo credit: JONATHAN BACHMAN/REUTERS)

The Louisiana House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to prohibit abortion after detection of an embryonic heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks from conception, often before a woman realizes she is pregnant.

The 79-23 vote by the Republican-controlled House sends the bill to the state's Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, who has indicated that he would sign it.

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