Think Progress, May 31, 2012 by Alex Brown
Two bills that would further restrict abortion rights in Louisiana will be on their way to GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk soon. The state House and Senate passed SB 708, which alters a 2010 bill requiring an ultrasound before any abortion procedure, with overwhelming majorities. The legislation changes the waiting period between ultrasound and abortion from two to 24 hours. And unless a woman requests and signs an opt-out form, the bill also mandates that the ultrasound be made visible, the doctor performing the ultrasound offer to explain the ultrasound, and a heartbeat, if present, be made audible. SB 766, which criminalizes abortions performed after 20 weeks, including a possible two-year prison sentence for the doctor who performs it, is also expected to pass both the House and Senate.