Louisiana Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Bill Nears Final Passage

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Louisiana is another step closer to having one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation.

The state legislature's House Health and Welfare Committee approved a bill yesterday that bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected, usually six weeks into a pregnancy.

The measure, which has already been approved by the Senate, now goes to the full House.

Governor John Bel Edwards plans to sign it if it lands on his desk, though it won't be enforced unless a federal court upholds similar legislation passed earlier in Mississippi.

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