Louisiana Governor Bans Abortion Once A Fetal Heartbeat Is Detected
SB 184 is part of a larger wave of
anti-choice legislation that is being rapidly introduced by state lawmakers with the ultimate goal of overturning or undermining
Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide
. Since January,
more than a dozen states have introduced “fetal heartbeat” (
not truly a heartbeat, according to doctors) bans. In addition to Louisiana, four other states —
Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, and
Ohio — have
signed those bills into law. This month, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a measure that
bans abortion at any stage of gestation, except in cases in which the woman’s life is in danger, and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a measure into law
banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. Every single one of these early bans is unconstitutional due to
Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld a woman’s right to choose an abortion before viability. (Researchers say
a fetus is not considered viable until around 22 weeks of pregnancy.)