The bill signed by Bobby Jindal would also require abortion providers to offer women the opportunity to listen to the fetal heartbeat. In other abortion news, a Michigan legislative panel endorses a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
New Orleans Times-Picayune: Gov. Bobby Jindal Signs New Abortion Restrictions Into Law
Gov. Bobby Jindal signed bills Thursday increasing the waiting time between a mandatory ultrasound and an abortion, requiring abortion providers to describe the results of that procedure to the woman and offer to let her hear the fetus' heartbeat and prohibiting anyone who is not a physician from performing abortions. The new restrictions add to requirements that are already considered some of the most stringent abortion regulations in the country, according to groups that support abortion rights (Adelson and Anderson, 6/7).
MLive: Sweeping Abortion Legislation Would Affect Insurance And Doctors
A Republican-led Michigan House committee has approved broad proposals that would raise insurance requirements and increase regulations for some doctors performing abortions. The bills approved Thursday by the House Health Policy Committee also combine or expand upon many other bills that already have been sponsored recently in the Legislature. Those include proposals that prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases where the mother's life is in danger and make it a crime to coerce a woman into having an abortion (Martin, 6/7).