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BATON ROUGE -- Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he signed the following bills into law from the 2019 Regular Legislative Session:

SB 1- Provides for investment of funds by board of trustees for Bossier City Police Pension and Relief Fund.

A proposal to ban abortions in Louisiana as early as the sixth week of pregnancy continued to speed through the state legislature Wednesday, a day after Alabama lawmakers voted for what could become the nation's most restrictive law against the procedure.

Without objection, the Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee backed legislation to prohibit abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, similar to laws passed in several conservative states that are aimed at challenging the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision that legalized abortion.

Louisiana would follow other conservative states in seeking to ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically around the sixth week of pregnancy, under a bill that took its first steps Tuesday in the Senate.

Senators on a judiciary committee voted 5-2 to advance the proposal to the full Senate for consideration. But they rewrote the measure by Sen. John Milkovich so the prohibition only would take effect if a federal appeals court upholds a similar law in Mississippi.

Abortions in Louisiana Hit 10-Year Low

Mar 14, 2019

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has released data showing that the number of abortions in Louisiana has fallen to a 10-year low. Since 2014, the number of abortions conducted in Louisiana has fallen by 20 percent. 

In 2018, 8,048 abortions were conducted in the state, the lowest since 2008. It represents a 20 percent drop from 2014, when 10,211 abortions were performed in Louisiana.

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The “Adoption Option” bill that would require abortion clinics to provide information about the adoption process to women seeking abortions is nearing final passage. The legislation would also mandate the creation of a state website with information about adoption. Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Ben Clapper says he hopes it will result in fewer abortions.

 

Clapper says, "We want women to encourage giving their children the gift of life and also choosing adoption which not only helps the babies, but it helps the mothers as well."

 

Senate Passes 15 Week Abortion Ban

Apr 25, 2018
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A 15 week abortion ban passes the Senate on a 31-3 vote. The bill mirrors a Mississippi law recently passed that has been halted by a federal judge. Shreveport Senator and Democrat John Milkovich says he’s well aware his potential law will lead to an expensive court battle, but it’s a price he’s willing to pay.

 

Milkovich says, "If we can save babies, I think it's worth it."

 

Milkovich says 15 week old fetuses show clear signs of life.

 

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A Senate committee approves legislation that would prohibit abortions in Louisiana after 15 weeks from conception, but there are concerns the legislation could bring upon unintended consequences. Kaplan Senator Jonathan Perry urged the bill’s author to work on the language of the bill with an attorney, before bringing it up to the Senate floor.

 

Perry says that the bill is unclear "to the point that it can hurt."

 

Judge Narrows Challenges To Some Louisiana Abortion Laws

Nov 17, 2017
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A federal judge has cut one Louisiana abortion law from a suit filed by an abortion clinic and its doctors, and has narrowed challenges to four other laws.

Attorney Zoe Levine of the Center for Reproductive Rights says the law no longer in the suit forbids transferring or accepting any part of an aborted fetus for money, including reimbursement of storage and handling fees.

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Abortion rights advocates say an abortion clinic in northwestern Louisiana has closed, leaving three other such clinics in the state.

 

Owners of Bossier City Medical Suite could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The phone number at the facility was no longer in service and the website was down. State business records show the company's officers are the same Texas-based principals of Causeway Medical Suite, a suburban New Orleans facility that closed last year.