Louisiana Gov. Jindal Signs 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill

by Steven Ertelt/LifeNews.com

This week, pro-life Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed SB 766, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the science showing unborn children feel pain at that point.  Governor Jindal said, “It is incumbent upon us to protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us, and these new laws will protect innocent human life.”

The measure, authored by Senate President John Alario (R-Westwego), passed by a margin of 96-0 in the state House and it protects unborn children 20 weeks old (post-fertilization) and older based on the scientific evidence showing that the unborn child can feel pain at 20 weeks.

Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, one of the groups that strongly supported the legislation, applauded the legislature for moving it forward and said it would save unborn children from abortion.

“A wealth of scientific evidence shows that unborn children can respond to stimuli as early as 8 weeks and can feel pain just like the rest of us as early as 20 weeks. But currently in Louisiana, there is nothing to stop an abortionist from performing an abortion up until the moment right before birth,” he said. “Upon the signing of this bill by Governor Jindal, these unborn children will be spared from the pain of abortion and given the gift of life. Based on Louisiana statistics, we believe through a conservative estimate that at least 150 lives will be saved annually from abortion.”

SB 766 also provides for license revocation and disciplinary action for any person who intentionally or knowingly performs or induces an abortion on a woman when she has a baby who is 20 weeks or older.

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