With an 85-17 vote, the Louisiana House passed a ban on most abortions, with exceptions to save the life of the pregnant woman or prevent serious physical harm. The AP reports that doctors could face fines of $100,000 and incarceration up to 10 years if found guilty of performing illegal abortions. House members rejected an amendment to allow exceptions for victims of rape and incest.
The legislation will now go back to the Senate, which only allowed an exception to save the life of the woman. The ban is a trigger law, meaning it will only go into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
12/19/2014 Incremental Gains for Women in Congress - When the 114th Congress is sworn into office on January 3rd, 2015, there will be exactly the same number of women in Senate as the year before, 20, and a record-high number of women in the US House, 84. . . .