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Jindal Signs Multiple Restrictions on Safe Abortion Care Into Law

Robin Marty

The women of Louisiana now need a 24-hour wait, to listen to the fetal or embryonic heart tones and must hear a physical description prior to abortion.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed new abortion restrictions into law, making the effort by a woman to obtain safe abortion care even more onerous and time consuming.


Gov. Bobby Jindal signed bills Thursday increasing the waiting time between a mandatory ultrasound and an abortion, requiring abortion providers to describe the results of that procedure to the woman and offer to let her hear the fetus’ heartbeat and prohibiting anyone who is not a physician from performing abortions.

The bill becomes law August 1, but won’t be enforced until September 29th to give providers time to learn about the new regulations and receive updated paperwork from the Department of Health.

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