The Gestational Age Act defines "medical emergency" as "a condition in which, on the basis of the physician's good faith clinical judgment, an abortion is necessary to preserve the life of a pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition arising from the pregnancy itself, or when the continuation of the pregnancy will create a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function".
Louisiana legislators may soon consider a proposal that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, following in the footsteps of MS lawmakers, who on Monday (March 19) signed a similar bill into law. She says a woman who was 15 weeks pregnant was able to receive an abortion there Tuesday after the law was temporarily blocked. "The Supreme Court says every woman has a constitutional right to "personal privacy" regarding her body".
The law does not exempt pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. Both states count pregnancy as beginning on the first day of a woman's previous menstrual period, meaning their restrictions kicked in about two weeks before those of states whose 20-week bans begin at conception.
The law, which makes abortions after 15 weeks illegal, only allows exceptions in cases in which the mother's life is in danger or there is a fetal abnormality that is "incompatible with life".
"We'll probably be sued in about half an hour", Bryant said to laughter from supporters as he signed the bill.
The only abortion clinic in the state quickly filed a complaint in federal court to block the law.
"It is worth fighting over", he said on Monday. That's out of about 2,500 abortions performed statewide, mostly at the clinic.
The Jackson Women's Health Organization was assisted by the pro-abortion Center of Reproductive Rights in filing its lawsuit.
Dr. Sacheen Carr-Ellis of the Jackson Women's Health Organization said in court papers filed Monday that a woman 15 weeks or more pregnant was scheduled for a Tuesday afternoon abortion. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1510 on Monday, and it became law immediately. "A brief delay in enforcing a law of dubious constitutionality does not outweigh that harm, and in fact serves the public's interest in preserving the freedom guaranteed by the United States Constitution". She says women shouldn't be forced to carry their pregnancies to term against their wills or leave the state to obtain abortions.
"Politicians are not above the rule of law, and we are confident this unsafe bill will be struck down like every similar attempt before it", Center for Reproductive Rights President and CEO Nancy Northup said in a statement obtained by the AP. "It is one of 20 states that have passed popular, compassionate legislation to stop cruel late-term abortions after five months". House Bill 1510 became law immediately upon Bryant's signature.