Louisiana lawmakers have voted to ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The bill does not make an exception for incest or rape.
According to CNN, Louisiana is now the sixth state, joining Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky, and Missouri, to pass a “heartbeat” bill. The bill requires that abortion is prohibited once a fetal heartbeat is detected during an ultrasound. The bill also requires doctors who fail to comply with the law to pay a $1,000 fine or serve up to two years in prison.
“Prior to any abortion being performed, there shall first be 9 performed an ultrasound, in accordance with the standards set forth in R.S. 10 40:1061.10(D), in order to determine whether or not a fetal heartbeat is present, 11 and the results of the ultrasound shall be included in the pregnant woman’s 12 medical records. 13 (b) Except as provided in Paragraph (2), (3), or (4) of this Subsection, it 14 shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly perform an abortion with the 15 specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of an unborn 16 human being when a fetal heartbeat has been detected.”
However, the bill will make an exception for abortions that will prevent death or pose a risk to major bodily functions and doctors are required to document the cause of the procedure in writing.
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