Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Signs 20-Week Abortion Ban into Law
Doctors in Louisiana will be barred from performing abortions 20 weeks after conception under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Times-Picayune reports. The previous state law prohibited the procedure after the fetus was viable outside the womb. The bill, by Senate President John Alario (R-Westwego), goes into effect August 1 and carries fines and imprisonment for any physician that performs an abortion after the cut-off. The bill joins two other pro-life measures already signed by Jindal this year -- to increase the waiting period for an abortion from two hours to 24 hours, to require that audio of the fetus' heartbeat be played for the woman, and to require that the abortion be performed by a physician.