Louisiana Legislature Advances Two Anti-Abortion Bills

A Louisiana Senate committee approved two anti-choice bills yesterday. One bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks based on the disputed claim that a fetus can feel pain at that point. That bill would make an exception for instances where the mother’s life was at risk, but doctors who violate the measure could face two years in prison. Seven other states have “>approved similar laws. Another bill would require a woman to hear the fetal heartbeat before having an abortion. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Sharon Weston Broom (D), called it an update of a bill she sponsored last year which required women receive an ultrasound before an abortion could be performed. –Zachary Bernstein