Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, at a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Commission, on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, offshore energy development and outer continental shelf law in federal waters. Testified about the lease based on.
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Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a bill that imposes one to ten years’ imprisonment on abortion doctors. This is a measure that will take effect if the Supreme Court’s decision to establish the right to abortion in 1973 is overturned.
The bill passed during the recently completed 2022 regular legislative session was explained by supporters as a means of clarifying and eliminating the contradictions of the abortion ban already in state law. Democrat Edwards, who opposes the party on this issue, has long expressed opposition to abortion.
Abortion activists have pointed out that there are no exceptions to victims of rape and incest, and have vetoed the bill by another anti-abortion Democrat, Senator Katrina Jackson of Monroe. Edwards reiterated that he wanted to see such an exception on Tuesday, but she said that rejecting Jackson’s bill would do nothing to achieve it.
The Governor’s Office also pointed out exceptions to the bill allowing abortion if the fetus is considered medically useless, that is, suffering from a condition in which it cannot live after birth, and in the case of an ectopic pregnancy. did.
Protesters against abortion will be demonstrating outside the US Supreme Court in Washington on June 15, 2022.
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Other measures signed by Edwards on Tuesday included one impressive Robert E. Lee Day and Navy Anniversary from the list of state holidays.
Edwards has also signed a review of the state’s regulation of medical marijuana. In particular, the bill is shifting regulatory obligations from the state’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to the Ministry of Health.
Edwards then signed a bill to outlaw discrimination in education, employment, public facilities or housing based on a person’s “natural, conservation, or cultural hairstyle.” The bill mentions “Afro, dreadlocks, twists, rocks, blades, cornrow blades, bantu knots” as examples. Candice Newell’s bill addressed controversy, including what happened in the New Orleans area in 2018 after a girl returned home from a Catholic school that banned hair extensions.