Louisiana is one step closer to having one of the nation's most restrictive anti-abortion laws, with a proposed ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy nearing passage at the State Capitol.
Louisiana is on the path to adopting one of the nation's most restrictive anti-abortion laws, as a proposed ban on abortions after 15 weeks of…
After little discussion, the state House voted 78-9 Tuesday in favor of advancing the Senate Bill 181. If the Senate agrees to minor amendments in the bill, it will be sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who supports abortion restrictions. Edwards has said he would need to see specifics of any bill before determining how he would act but has no objection to the concept of barring abortions after the 15-week period.
The ban would only go into effect if a court upholds Mississippi's similar 15-week ban, a contingency added largely out of legal cost concerns.
Louisiana, which tends to be among states with the tightest restrictions on abortion access, currently prohibits abortion after 20 weeks.
Under SB181, anyone who performs an abortion after the 15-week period could face up to two years in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast estimates that 94 percent of abortions in Louisiana take place before 15 weeks.
How House members voted on Senate Bill 181
In favor of banning abortion after 15 weeks (79): Reps. Barras, Abraham, Amedee, Anders, Armes, Bagley, Berthelot, Billiot, Bishop, C. Brown, T. Brown, Carmody, R. Carter, S. Carter, Chaney, Connick, Coussan, Cox, Crews, Cromer, Davis, DeVillier, Dwight, Edmonds, Emerson, Falconer, Foil, Franklin, Garofalo, Gisclair, Guinn, Hall, J. Harris, L. Harris, Havard, Hazel, Henry, Hensgens, Hilferty, Hill, Hodges, Hoffmann, Horton, Howard, Huval, Ivey, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Jordan, N. Landry, T. Landry, Leopold, Mack, Magee, Miguez, D. Miller, G. Miller, Jay Morris, Jim Morris, Muscarello, Norton, Pearson, Pierre, Pope, Pugh, Pylant, Reynolds, Richard, Schexnayder, Stagni, Stefanski, Stokes, Talbot, Thibaut, Thomas, White, Wright and Zeringue.
Voting Against SB181 (9): Reps. Bouie, Duplessis, Glover, Hunter, James, Jefferson, Marino, Shadoin and Smith.
Not voting (16): Reps. Abramson, Bacala, Bagneris, Brass, Carpenter, G. Carter, Gaines, Hollis, Jenkins, LeBas, Leger, Lyons, Marcelle, McFarland, Seabaugh and Simon.