Pro-life Democrats might be an endangered species these days… but they’re striking back at the far-left pro-abortion agenda in at least one state.
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana signed a new bill into law that would ban abortion after 15 weeks–one of the most strict statewide abortion bans in the nation.
What’s more, the legislation–known as Senate Bill 181–attracted wide bipartisan support in both chambers of the Louisiana legislature. And one of its most avid advocates was another pro-life Democrat, state senator John Milkovitch.
Milkovitch, who is serving his first term, called the new law a “great victory” for the unborn.
“This bill is a great victory for unborn children, who as common sense observation and human experience instruct are fully human beings,” Milkovich said. “They’re simply small and particularly vulnerable human beings.”
The law imposes on medical providers a penalty of up to two years in prison and a $1,000 fine, if they’re caught performing illegal abortions.
A woman who receives an abortion after the 15-week window, however, would not be subjected to legal consequences.
The bipartisan push to enact meaningful abortion limits in Louisiana puts Gov. Edwards and Louisiana Democrats directly at odds with the increasingly rigid stance on abortion from the national Democratic Party.
The law was opposed by Planned Parenthood.