Louisiana Adds More Restrictions To Abortion Access

Louisiana is the latest state to add more limitations on women’s access to abortion now that Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has signed an anti-abortion bill that forces women to wait 24 hours before they have an abortion after having a mandatory ultrasound. When the law goes into effect in August, women will also have to hear the fetal heartbeat and see ultrasound images prior to an abortion procedure, and doctors must describe the ultrasound image. In a statement, Jindal claimed the law will “ensure that we continue to protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us,” but the additional waiting period and requirements only puts more roadblocks between women and their health care.