Restrictive 'heartbeat' bill passes in Louisiana

State lawmakers approved a bill banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected and the Democratic governor is expected to sign the legislation.
0:58 | 05/30/19

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To Louisiana and the latest state to pass restrictive abortion legislation. Overnight lawmakers approved a bill banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected and the democratic governor is expected to sign it and Steve osunsami has all the latest. Good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, George. Louisiana now joins a chorus of other states including this one and Ohio that have passed new laws restricting abortion to the point where a fetal heartbeat can be detected and in this case making no exclusions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. There is some argument over where in the pregnancy that point is, whether it's six weeks or ten weeks. Louisiana's governor, the Democrat as you mentioned who has promised to sign this put out a statement yesterday indicating so and spent quite a bit of time underlining his other liberal bona fides. This is far from over, however. This law is written in a way in such that it is tied to the fate of a similar law in Mississippi that is already being challenged in federal court.

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