Lawmakers in the Louisiana House of Representatives are expected to vote on Louisiana’s controversial abortion bill, known as the heartbeat bill.
Under the proposed law abortions be illegal after the detection of a fetal heartbeat in the womb, which is usually at around six weeks
The vote would be one of the last hurdles to clear before going to the desk of Governor John Bel Edwards.
The Governor, who is pro-life Democrat has indicated that he would sign the bill.
This bill adds Louisiana to a growing list of states adopting stricter abortion laws which are expected to be challenged in the higher courts.
In fact, the Heartbeat Bill will only become law if a similar abortion bill in Mississippi is upheld.
Senate Bill 184 authored by Senator John Milkovich, a Democrat from Shreveport has seen strong bipartisan support in the Capitol.
Back in April the Senate passed the measure 35 yeas to only 5 nays.
“Louisianans, we’re different in many ways. We hear time and again we’re at the bottom of many rankings. As Louisianans we want to be about God and family first. Louisianans are pro-life. This is a strong pro-life state. We have just received the prayer, support, encouragement of people all over our great state in taking this battle to the abortion cartel and fighting for the lives of the unborn.”
Pro-choice advocates have spoken out against the bill in committee hearings at the Capitol telling lawmakers the bill is a campaign to control women’s bodies.
Milkovich says the bill represents an effort to stand up against what he calls injustice for the unborn.
“Our platform is simple. Stop killing babies, protect our babies, let’s stand up for the next generation of Louisiana and America,” said Milkovich.
Lawmakers we spoke to today (Wednesday) ahead of the vote, predict the House will pass the Heartbeat Bill with the same bipartisan support seen in the Senate.
We’ll take you live into the chamber.