One more legislative step and the governor's signature will lead to a ban on abortions in Louisiana after 15 weeks into a pregnancy.
Senate Bill 181 cleared the House chamber Tuesday on a 78-9 vote. But, even if the bill is signed into law, it won't take effect until a federal court decides the fate of similarly restrictive legislation in Mississippi.
Currently, abortions in Louisiana are prohibited after a 20-week pregnancy.
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