Louisiana legislature approves abortion ban, sends to governor for signature Jaime Jansen at 8:39 AM ET
[JURIST] The Louisiana Senate [official website] voted unanimously Monday to send a bill [PDF text; SB 33 summary] that would ban nearly all abortions in the state to Gov. Kathleen Blanco [official website], who is expected to sign it into law. Doctors who perform abortions could face up to 10 years in prison and $100,000 fines. The bill, banning all abortions except to save the life of the mother or prevent permanent harm to the mother with no exceptions for rape or incest, will only take effect if the US Supreme Court [official website] strikes down the controversial 1973 Roe v. Wade [text] decision allowing abortion, or if the country adds an amendment to the US Constitution [text] banning abortion.
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