Louisiana confirmed its reputation as America’s most pro-life state June 7 as Governor Bobby Jindal signed two bills into law that will further protect unborn babies and their mothers. “These new laws will help us foster a greater culture of life in Louisiana and ensure that we continue to protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us,” said the Governor upon signing S.B. 330 and S.B. 708, known as the Hear the Heartbeat Act.
Sponsored in the Senate by Democrat Sharon Weston Broome and in the House by Republican Valarie Hodges, S.B. 708, drafted by the pro-life Bioethics Defense Fund and aggressively supported by the Louisiana Right to Life Federation, will require abortion facilities to allow a mother to hear the beating heart of her unborn baby at least 24 hours prior to ending the baby’s life, unless she signs an opt-out form. Additionally, the law will require an abortionist to place an ultrasound screen in view of the mother as he performs the ultrasound procedure, thus giving the mother an opportunity to view her pre-born baby if she wishes.
Benjamin Clapper, executive director of Louisiana Right to Life, said he was thrilled with the passage of the Hear the Heartbeat bill, noting that it “gives an otherwise voiceless child a voice through the playing of their heartbeat.... With the heartbeat and ultrasound provisions in the Hear the Heartbeat Act soon becoming law, women will be empowered with more medical knowledge regarding their pregnancies within abortion facilities that have a financial interest in squelching this information.”
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Photos above (left to right):Sen. Sharon Weston Broome; Gov. Bobby Jindal; Rep. Valerie Hodges