Press Release
May 6, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Clapper
Louisiana Senate Approves Heartbeat Bill
BATON ROUGE – This afternoon, the Louisiana Senate voted by a 31-5-3 margin to approve SB 184, a bill to protect unborn babies after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, said the following after the vote, “We commend the Senate for voting overwhelmingly in a bipartisan fashion to approve SB 184 to protect the unborn baby once the heartbeat can be detected. Louisiana Right to Life supports protecting all unborn babies, including those with a heartbeat that begins only 18 days after conception. This is even before most women know they are pregnant. Abortion stops the beating heart of a precious unborn child, and our nation must bring an end to this injustice."

Clapper continued, "Louisiana Right to Life supports the committee amendment that makes the law effective on the outcome of a federal court case centered on a similar law in Mississippi.  This provision allows our Attorney General’s office to focus on its current defense of already existing pro-life laws in federal court, including the likely defense before the Supreme Court of our 2014 law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. We look forward to the Louisiana House supporting this important law."