Lousisiana governor says she'll sign abortion bill
Blanco says she'll sign abortion bill
NEW ORLEANS Governor Kathleen Blanco said today that
she'll sign a near-total ban on abortion -- without
exceptions for rape or incest victims -- that is
nearing final legislative passage.
The Louisiana House and Senate have approved the
measure by Senator Ben Nevers, of Bogalusa, but it
awaits one final approval from the Senate of House
changes before it reaches Blanco's desk. The bill only
would allow abortions in cases where the woman's life
is in danger or when childbirth would permanently harm
The bill could only go into effect if the U-S Supreme
Court's Roe versus Wade decision is overturned.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Blanco says
she anticipates signing the bill. She says she
believes an exception for rape and incest victims to
get an abortion, a proposal rejected by both the House
and Senate, would have "been reasonable," but she said
she wouldn't reject the bill for that reason.
Under the measure, doctors found guilty of performing
abortions would face up to ten years in prison and
fines of 100-thousand dollars.
The bill is similar to a South Dakota law passed
earlier this year that is expected to land before the
A majority of the Supreme Court's nine justices have
voted to uphold Roe v. Wade in the past.
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