Governor Edwards supports the 15 week abortion ban and unanimous juries
Posted on 5/16/2018 5:06:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards held his monthly talk show, where he touched on a series of legislative topics, such as the 15 week abortion ban, a deal to renew Harrah’s state contract, and the surprise success of a unanimous jury bill. Edwards took the opportunity to reiterate his support for the 15 week abortion ban, a rarity for a prominent Democratic official.


 “That is who I am. It’s part of the Catholic Christian faith tradition that I have always been a member of, and so that’s just what you get with me”.  

The Governor praised efforts in the Legislature to improve a bill to renew Harrah’s contract, after the initial version came under heavy fire from statewide political officials. He says he’s still undecided on his support.

 “I just need to know that it’s a good deal and obviously the bill as it came out of Senate Judiciary B is a much better bill than when it left the house”.

Governor Edwards’ signature will not be needed to put a constitutional amendment requiring unanimous verdicts in felony trials, as the decision for final passage will be left up to the voters in November. Edwards says he hopes the people will put the item into law.

“If you look historically at the right to trial by jury as had to have been contemplated by the framers of our constitution, they meant the unanimous jury”.

Governor John Bel Edwards, Abortion Ban, Jury Trial Amendment

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