Louisiana’s senate has unanimously approved a bill that would ban abortions at 20 week post conception on the medically disproven claim that a fetus can feel pain at that point.
The measure by Senate President John Alario declares that the state should protect “the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that they are capable of feeling pain.”
Doctors who violate the prohibition would face a prison sentence up to two years.
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Alario’s proposal makes exceptions for women whose lives are in danger due to complications with their pregnancies.
The bill will now make its way to the House.