Governor Bobby Jindal Signs New Abortion Law
Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a new bill this week that bans abortions 20 weeks after conception, and it goes into effect Aug. 1.
Doctors will be prohibited from performing late-term abortions after this point because the 20-week mark is when the fetus can feel pain. The bill was written by La. Senate President John Alario of Westwego, and it carries fines and jail time. The bill allows for late-term abortions, however, if the mother's health is at risk.
The bill will also increase the waiting period for an abortion from two hours to 24 hours, and it would require the mother to listen to audio of the fetus' heartbeat.
Previous versions of Louisiana's tough abortion laws have been reversed by higher courts. What do you think of the new law?