Governor John Bel Edwards says if a bill banning abortions after 15 weeks ends up on his desk he’ll likely sign it. Edwards made the comments during his monthly call-in radio show, “Ask the Governor."
"It remains to be seen whether that bill will make its way through the process," said Edwards. "I would be inclined to sign it, if it hits my desk."
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant just signed a 15-week abortion ban and a similar bill is waiting to be discussed in the Louisiana Senate. Edwards says his pro-life stance results in him backing legislation that’s supported by and that same belief also has him backing issues supported by liberals.
"The same Catholic Christian faith that informs my views on abortion also tell me that Medicaid expansion is the right thing to do, they are both pro-life."
The Center for Reproductive Rights plans to lobby against the Senate bill calling for a ban on abortions after 15 weeks. State legislative counsel Shivana Jorawar says politicians shouldn’t be making important health decisions for women.
"Women need to have the autonomy to make important personal medical decisions by their own health," said Jorawar.
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, which means it can’t go into effect yet. Jorawar predicts legal challenges, if the governor signs a similar law.
"What this is doing is denying women their reproductive rights, with an extremely restrictive abortion law and they don't deserve that."
Shreveport Senator John Milkovich is the author of the legislation for the 15-week abortion ban.