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Dem. Governor John Bel Edwards: ‘I Would Be Inclined To Sign’ 15-Week Abortion Ban ‘If It Hits My Desk’

During his monthly radio show on Wednesday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) was asked by host Jim Engster about his thoughts on a bill banning abortion after 15 weeks:

ENGSTER: Here’s one from “Erin” asking about Mississippi passing a bill to prevent abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. I know [state] Senator Milkovich has a similar bill pending in Louisiana. Your thoughts on this legislation?

EDWARDS: Well, as people know, or I guess should know or will know, I am very much a pro-life individual when it comes to matters of the unborn – not just the unborn, however. We were just talking about Medicaid expansion. The same Catholic Christian faith that informs my views on abortion also tell me that Medicaid expansion is the right thing to do. …

It remains to be seen whether that bill will make its way through the process. I would be inclined to sign it if it hits my desk, but I have not yet had any conversations with senator Milkovich or any other legislators or any other interest groups about that bill.

Here’s the video (pertinent portion begins at the 34:33 mark):

The bill by Louisiana state Senator John Milkovich (D), SB181, reads in part:

Present law provides that whoever commits the crime of abortion is to be imprisoned at hard labor for between one year and 10 years and fined between $10,000 and $100,000. Present law further provides that this penalty does not apply to the female who has an abortion.

Proposed law retains present law but adds that, notwithstanding any other provisions of present law relative to the crime of abortion, it is unlawful for a physician to perform an abortion after 15 weeks following the date of conception.

The bill, which would prohibit abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, was “introduced in the Senate,” read twice, and “referred to the Committee on Judiciary C” on March 12, according to the Louisiana state legislature website.

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