UPDATE: Louisiana Governor signs 15-week abortion ban bill

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UPDATE: A bill banning abortions after 15 weeks is signed into law in Louisiana.

Governor John Bel Edwards signed the bill on Wednesday. 

The bill imposes a prison sentence of up to two years for someone who performs the procedure after 15 weeks.    

The restriction would only take effect if a federal court upholds a similar ban in Mississippi.

UPDATE: The Louisiana House has approved a bill banning abortions after fifteen weeks. 

The bill would only take effect if a federal court upholds a similar measure in Mississippi. 

Shreveport Senator John Milkovich’s bill was already approved by the Senate, butmust accept minor tweaks before it goes to the governor’s office..

ORIGINAL: Louisiana is inching closer to the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. 

A House Committee narrowly advanced a bill that would ban abortions after fifteen weeks.

The bill would only take effect if a federal court upholds a similar measure in Mississippi. 

The bill, from Shreveport Senator John Milkovich, also recommends criminal charges against doctors who perform abortions past the fifteen-week mark.

“It’s for them, the unborn babies of Louisiana, who this bill is for. But I also think it’s for the state. Louisiana ranks in the bottom of many categories. I think for us to rank at the top nationally among those states who protect the lives of the unborn, I think that’s a harbinger of blessing for our state” said Sen. John Milkovich.

The proposed ban now goes to the House floor for consideration.

It has backing from Governor John Bel Edwards, who says he’ll sign the bill if approved by lawmakers.

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