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Faux Dem Gov. Kathleen Blanco knelt before the womb control advocates and signed a strict abortion ban into law, which would apply to all abortions, even in cases of incest or rape.

The kicker is that although she wanted those exceptions, she supported this law anyway, citing the “overwhelming” support for the bill.

The Louisiana ban would take effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Medicaid, which provides health benefits for the poor and disabled, requires funding for abortions in cases of rape or incest. Louisiana would allow those exceptions so long as it was required for Medicaid funding.

Seven states have such abortion trigger laws, and Louisiana already had a trigger law, although abortion legislation has been blocked by courts. The new law would mean the ban would happen quicker in the case of a new Supreme Court decision.

The bible beaters were elated — look at the reaction of the forced childbirth proponents.

“We are so proud that Democrats led this effort,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life. “We commend Senators Broome, Mount, Nevers and the other pro-life democratic Senators and Representatives who led this effort and truly represented the view of voters of Louisiana.”

“I commend the Democrats and the Louisiana legislature,” said former Louisiana Congressman Chris John. “It is a fight worth fighting in the state and in Washington as I did while serving in the United States Congress. The work compliments our mutual goal to end abortion.”

In Louisiana, doctors performing them could receive a ten-year jail sentence and a fine of up to $100,000. As with all of these anti-choice laws, the women who want an abortion are not penalized, nor the man responsible for impregnating her who may want to terminate the pregnancy. Just wait. I’m sure that the fundies will work on that bit of business next…

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