Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said he would sign the law of his state for "the heart" – effectively banning abortions after just a few weeks of pregnancy – as his party had questions about whether to include more voices for pro- life.
"When I ran for governor, I said I was pro-life, and that's something that's consistent," he says, when asked about the bill on Thursday.
The bill, which was expected to be voted by the Louisiana House of Representatives, will make the state one of the toughest in terms of abortion – following many other states that have accepted restrictions in an apparent attempt to force the Supreme Court to reconsider the main precedent of a problem.
Pro-life advocates warn of measures such as "heart rate" legislation, while groups such as planned parenthood have provoked them in a series of legal battles. The Louisiana bill may face a lawsuit from the same group, the American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed a claim for Ohio for its own "heartbeat" legislation.
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"My position has not changed. For eight years in the legislature, I was a pro-legislative legislator, "Edwards said. Edwards attributes his position to the pro-life of his faith, but also seems to have a personal meaning. Nearly three decades ago, he and his wife decided to make the diagnosis of his daughter as a baby with spina bifida, against the doctor's advice to stop.
During his monthly radio broadcast, the governor seemed to admit his failure to the Democrats, who are constantly denouncing state-level legislation like Louisiana.
"I know that for many in the national party, on the national scene, this is not appropriate. But I will tell you that here in Louisiana I speak and meet Democrats who are pro-life every day, "he said.
Democrats like Edwards were in a difficult political situation because the Supreme Court acquired an apparently conservative majority, and members of their own party were pushing more controversial forms of abortion.
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In 2016, former Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton lost after fierce confrontation with then-candidate Donald Trump, who highlighted his support for the subsequent abortion during a debate. It also appears that the media raise the question of whether the party should expand its tent in order to be more welcoming to the voters supporting life.
"Every Democrat, like any American citizen, has to support the woman's right to make her own choices for her body and her health," said Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
According to a Marist study of 2019, Democrats have been different about their views on abortion limitations. But a strong majority – 60% – said they supported the abortion limit until the first quarter. Another May poll showed that generally registered voters believe that heart rate bills are either "correct" or "too lenient." This contrasts with 45%, who said they were "too restrictive".
Life Democrats who have expressed their support for "heart rhythm" legislation have disputed the party on this issue in particular – calling for things as a more inclusive language by the Party leadership and the Democratic Progressive Political Action Committee.
Congressional Democrats have admitted that pro-life and democrats are possible, but as Senate minority leader Chuck Sumer, D-N.Y., clarified, the party is "heavily pro-choice."
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Sumer, who abolished the "heartbreak" legislation, adopted Friday in Missouri, forms a united front with Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Trump, who boasted pro-leaders, sparked fear of the Democrats in 2018 when he assigned to the Supreme Court Court Brett Kwanavou a court that seemed evenly divided on ideological lines on the subject. Kavanaugh could consider laws from the Edwards state and others if they reach the Supreme Court – the potential ending of the defense established by Roe v. Wade or Planned Parenthood vs. Casey.
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Leading to the 2020 elections, Trump has attempted to bind Democrats with late-term abortion. Democrats such as New York Governor Andrew Kuoom, who introduced a bill allowing abortions until birth, faced intense control over their support for the issue.
But after the Democrats met charges, they backed "extreme" abortion proposals as well as Republicans. The party seems to have struggled with the problem after Alabama passed a ban on abortion that ruled out the exceptions of rape and incest that Ronna McDaniel, the party's president, "personally" opposed.
Associated Press contributed to this report.