(PM) — Louisiana lawmakers voted Wednesday to prohibit abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detectable — as soon as six weeks into a pregnancy — with no exemptions for rape or incest.
Louisiana unites with Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky, and Missouri, which have all adopted “heartbeat” bills this year. Along with Alabama’s near-total ban on abortion, the heartbeat bills are segments of a long-term nationwide Republican effort to take on a Supreme Court case challenging the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in all 50 US states.
The bill would mandate an ultrasound before an abortion and punish doctors who perform abortions after a fetal heartbeat with a $1,000 fine or up to two years in prison.
The bill would approve abortions preventing a pregnant woman’s death or “serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function,” and would require doctors who perform abortions under such circumstances to specify their eligibility in writing, according to CNN.
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has said he will sign the bill.