This afternoon, the Louisiana House approved SB 184, a bill to protect unborn babies after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The vote was 79-23. The House of Representatives debated numerous amendments, including on issues related to exceptions for rape and incest, but all amendments failed to pass.
Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, said the following, “We commend the House for voting to protect the lives of an unborn baby whose heartbeat can be detected. We congratulate Rep. Valarie Hodges for successfully shepherding the law on the House floor. Louisiana Right to Life supports protecting all unborn babies, including those with a heartbeat that begins only 18 days after conception. This is even before most women know they are pregnant. Abortion stops the beating heart of a precious unborn child, and our nation must bring an end to this injustice. We look forward to Gov. John Bel Edwards signing this bill into law.”