Louisiana Sends 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban To Governor's Desk

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Louisiana Sends 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban To Governor's Desk
​The Louisiana state House passed the measure 79-23 on Wednesday.
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On Wednesday, Louisiana took another major step toward passing a "heartbeat" abortion ban.

The Louisiana state House passed the bill in a 79-23 vote, meaning that it will now be sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards for a final verdict.

The measure would ban all abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Some women may not even know they're pregnant at that point.

One point of debate ahead of the House vote was whether or not the bill should include exceptions in cases of incest or rape. An amendment was put forward that included those exceptions, but it failed in a 35-67 vote.

Earlier this month, Edwards said he would sign the bill if it ended up on his desk.