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SCOTUS nominee could end almost all abortions in Louisiana

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President Donald Trump's nominee for the United States Supreme Court could secure a strong conservative majority on the federal bench for a generation. Many political experts say that could lead to a reconsideration of Roe v. Wade, the nation's landmark abortion case.

The Louisiana legislature overwhelmingly passed a law in 2006 that would trigger a ban on most abortions in the state if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The only exception would be for mothers who may not survive a pregnancy. "Without the freedom of life, no other liberty really matters," said conservative Louisiana Family Forum president, Gene Mills. "This is huge and the Senate is holding four winning lottery tickets in these potential nominees."

Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Dakotas are the only states with trigger laws. The bill passed Louisiana's House 85 to 17 and its Senate 30 to 7. The debate has not changed dramatically since 2006.

"No nation that's committed to individual liberty could seriously consider returning to the days of those back alleys," Senator Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, said in 2006 when she was a member of the lower chamber.

"It's very simple. You don't take innocent life, and that's what this bill is about," retorted Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Metairie, during that debate.

The law does not include exceptions for pregnancies as a result of rape or incest. Pro-choice advocates say this trigger could set women's reproductive rights back by decades. "We're about to repeat history and that's sad," said Angela Adkins, legislative director for the Baton Rouge chapter of the National Organization for Women. "It's one thing to have that personal feeling, but it's another thing to push that off on everybody else. Women will die."

Democrat Ben Nevers authored the bill. He briefly served as Governor John Bel Edwards' chief of staff a decade later. Governor Kathleen Blanco, also a Democrat, signed it.

Any reconsideration of Roe v. Wade could take years, giving the Louisiana legislature plenty of opportunities to reverse the trigger. Sen. John Milkovich, another Democrat, authored a bill during the 2018 regular session that could make Louisiana's restrictions on abortion the toughest in the nation. A change to the 2006 law is unlikely.

All eyes are now on President Trump's nominee, who could start the process in Louisiana.

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