In a vote of 79-23 the house has passed Senate Bill 184. The measure known as ‘The Heartbeat Bill” deters a woman from terminating a pregnancy after a heartbeat is detected. This usually happens at or around six weeks after conception.
Reactions are coming in from all over the place since the announcement of the vote.
The first comes from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. It’s a known fact that if the bill were to pass the house that Edwards would indeed sign the bill into law. Edwards stated,
“In 2015, I ran for governor as a pro-life candidate after serving as a pro-life legislator for eight years. As governor, I have been true to my word and my beliefs on this issue. But it is also my sincere belief that being pro-life means more than just being pro-birth.
My first act as governor was to expand access to health care for working Louisianans. I have worked with Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature to expand investment in education and pass sweeping criminal justice reforms. For each of the last three years, my administration has set records for the number of children being adopted out of our foster care system. And despite fierce opposition, I’ve fought to ensure LGBT citizens are not discriminated against in the workplace, to raise the minimum wage, and to pay a woman the same as a man for doing the same job.
I know there are many who feel just as strongly as I do on abortion and disagree with me – and I respect their opinions. As I prepare to sign this bill, I call on the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who voted for it to join me in continuing to build a better Louisiana that cares for the least among us and provides more opportunity for everyone.”
Of course there are others who do not agree with the legislation that was passed.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana issued the following statement regarding the 6 week abortion ban passed by the Louisiana Legislature today.
“This extreme abortion ban is part of a concerted, nationwide effort to criminalize abortion,” said Alanah Odoms Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana executive director. “After years of attacks on abortion access, Louisiana politicians have now sunk to a new low with an extreme ban that would outlaw abortion before many women know they are pregnant. Senate Bill 184 is a plainly unconstitutional reminder of just how far Louisiana politicians are willing to go to interfere in these deeply personal medical decisions and force women to continue pregnancies against their will. We’re committed to making sure this brazen attack on the constitutional right to abortion access never takes effect.”
It is unknown when the Governor will sign the bill into law,