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.
1/27/2016 Taiwan Elects First Woman President - In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.
Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .