Louisiana Set To Become Seventh State With 20 Week Abortion Ban

The Louisiana state senate unanimously approved a measure that bans abortions at 20 weeks post fertilization based on the medically-false claim that a fetus can feel pain at that point.

The bill was pushed by Senate President John Alario, who is not a doctor but still declared the state’s interest in protecting “the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates they are capable of feeling pain.” The problem with this declaration, obviously, is that the substantial medical evidence indicates that the fetal structures necessary to feel pain are not developed until at least the 25th week.

When such statements by legislators are adopted as fact a court interpreting the law may look to them for guidance in their decision. Medically unsupported claims can suddenly become “evidence” in a judicial opinion, which is likely the exact intent of the right on these kinds of bills.

Doctors who violate the ban would face a prison sentence of up to two years.

The bill now heads to the House for approval. If enacted Louisiana would be the seventh state with such a ban.

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13 comments

Kevin L.
Kevin Lewis3 years ago

How stupid, asinine it figures the Republicans finally figure out a way to ban abortion without banning it.

Virginia B.
Virginia B.3 years ago

Come on Jo H. and all other commentators who have jumped on the multiple postings "bandwagon!! What's the point?? Once is enough for all intelligent people. It's just highly annoying. Please stop it!

jo Howard
jo Howard3 years ago

The raping of women rights! Who will take care of the unwanted babies? Perhaps each person who votes against abortions ought to be sent a special tax bill to support the unwanted, yes?

jo Howard
jo Howard3 years ago

The raping of women rights! Who will take care of the unwanted babies? Perhaps each person who votes against abortions ought to be sent a special tax bill to support the unwanted, yes?

jo Howard
jo Howard3 years ago

The raping of women rights! Who will take care of the unwanted babies? Perhaps each person who votes against abortions ought to be sent a special tax bill to support the unwanted, yes?

jo Howard
jo Howard3 years ago

The raping of women rights! Who will take care of the unwanted babies? Perhaps each person who votes against abortions ought to be sent a special tax bill to support the unwanted, yes?

Rebekah O'brien
Rebekah O'Brien3 years ago

I work in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit...if a woman delivers a baby @ 23 weeks gestation, it is viable, and we do everything we can to keep it alive...and trust me, these babies do feel pain!!!Besides, the whole 20 week abortion bill shouldn't be about pain issues, how do we know when an unborn baby feels pain???Come on, now, who do we think we are? Abortion is wrong no matter what the stage of pregnancy! You get pregnant, you need to deal with the "consequences"...which can be wonderful...it's called "Motherhood"!

Claire M.
Claire M.3 years ago

Its basically a way to fake not banning abortions while actually banning them. Even if you knew the fertilization date I'm pretty sure 20 weeks is past the allowable fetus age for an abortion other than for an emergency.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal3 years ago

Thanks for the posting...

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Duly noted. Thanks for the info.