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Louisiana passes bill to ban abortions as early as six weeks

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Louisiana passes bill to ban abortions as early as six weeks

Louisiana passes bill to ban abortions as early as six weeks

Louisiana's Democratic governor says he would sign a bill passed by the state's lawmakers to ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected.

It's the latest legislation in a movement in mostly Southern and Midwest states to curb abortion rights.

Eve Johnson reports.

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NO USE ABC AMERICA, FOX, CNN, UNIVISION, TELEMUNDO, BBC AMERICA, NBC, OR THEIR DIGITAL/MOBILE PLATFORMS. NO USE ATLANTA, GEORGIA MEDIA MARKET WEBSITES The latest move to curb abortion rights in the United States.

Lawmakers in Louisiana voted on Wednesday (May 29) to pass a so-called heartbeat bill.

It would ban abortions from the time a fetal heartbeat is detected, at around six weeks before many women know they are pregnant.

Louisiana is now the fifth state to pass a heartbeat bill this year.

But it's the only one to win backing from a Democratic governor.

John Bel Edwards has said he is "pro-life" and has pledged to sign the bill.

The new measure would allow abortions if the mother was at risk of death or injury, but does not make exceptions for rape or incest.

A total of eight states have passed anti-abortion legislation this year hoping, in part, to push the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v.

Wade.

The 1973 landmark case established a woman's right to end their pregnancy, but anti-abortion activists have been trying to overturn it ever since.

Today, they see an opportunity with five conservative justices on the Supreme Court - a majority.

But the new anti-abortion measures have also triggered some fallout.

Georgia passed a new heartbeat law earlier in the month.

And that's a problem for American media giant Disney which has shot blockbusters like "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Endgame" there.

CEO Bob Iger spoke exclusively to Reuters on Wednesday (May 29).

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DISNEY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER BOB IGER, SAYING: "I think many people who work for us will not want to work there and we'll have to heed their wishes in that regard.

I think it's also likely to be challenged in the courts and that could delay it and we're being careful and cautious about it, but if it becomes law, I don't see how it's practical for us to continue to shoot there." Georgia has lured many film and TV productions with a tax credit.

Disney is the second company to speak up.

Earlier in the week, Netflix threatened to rethink its investment there if the new law takes effect.

Meanwhile, Louisiana's new anti-abortion measure isn't a reality just yet.

It won't go into effect until a U.S. Appeals Court rules on whether to allow a similar measure in neighboring Mississippi.




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