Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday became the inaugural recipient of the Democrats for Life of America's "Governor Casey Whole Life Leadership" award in recognition of his anti-abortion efforts.

Edwards, a Catholic Democrat who took office in January, made his anti-abortion stance part of his election platform.

Since taking office, he has signed legislation that will make women wait three days before they can get an abortion in Louisiana and a new law that will require doctors who perform abortions be either board certified or certifiable in obstetrics and gynecology or in family medicine. He also signed legislation that will ban public funds from going to Planned Parenthood if the organization begins performing abortions at its new clinic in New Orleans, as is planned.

The Democrats for Life award, named in honor of former Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey, was presented to Edwards during a special reception at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The award was presented by state Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Monroe Democrat who also has pushed anti-abortion legislation at the Capitol.

“The future of the Democratic Party is at stake,” Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats For Life of American, said in a statement. “And, John Bel Edwards shows that Democrats can gain victories in Red States like Louisiana, if the party is willing to reverse course, listen to the voters, and support pro-life candidates.”

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