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Louisiana governor to sign 'heartbeat' ban, latest move to curb U.S. abortion rights


Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards speaks in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman



Louisiana’s Democratic governor said on Wednesday he would sign a bill passed earlier in the day to ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, the latest legislation in a movement in mostly Southern and Midwest states to curb abortion rights.


Earlier on Wednesday, Missouri’s governor renewed his intention to close a Planned Parenthood clinic and become the first state without a medical facility that performs abortions.


The Louisiana bill was approved on Wednesday by a 79-23 vote of the Republican-controlled Louisiana House of Representatives and had already passed in the state Senate.




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