On Thursday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed into law a bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected.
The measure passed through the Senate earlier this month. The House passed it this week in a 79-23 vote. Edwards previously signaled that he would endorse the bill if it made it to his desk.
The measure will ban all abortions, with no exceptions for victims of rape or incest, once a fetal heartbeat is deemed detectable. This can happen as early as 6 weeks into a pregnancy, at which point some women may not know that they are pregnant.
The law will only go into effect if a similar law in Mississippi is upheld in an ongoing case before a federal court. The judge in the case has so far expressed reservations in regard to the Mississippi law.
According to the Washington Post, the Louisiana ACLU said in a statement, "Louisiana politicians have now sunk to a new low."