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Louisiana governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion bill into law

Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill Thursday banning abortions once a heartbeat is detectable with no exceptions for rape or incest, according to his office.


The measure, which passed the state House by 72-23 on Wednesday , would "prohibit the abortion of an unborn human being with a detectable heartbeat," which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women know they're pregnant. Companion legislation passed the Senate earlier this month.


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