( CNN) Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill Thursday banning abortions formerly a heartbeat is detectable with no exceptions for rape or incest, according to his office.
The Louisiana law will go into effect exclusively should a federal appeals court uphold a similar Mississippi law. The federal adjudicator hearing the subject expressed deep skepticism toward the Mississippi measure last week, especially its lack of objections for rape or incest.
Edwards, who is described as a “pro-life” Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday that he intended to sign the statute, stating, “I have been true to my word and my beliefs on this issue.” He added that it’s his “sincere belief that being pro-life entails more than merely being pro-birth.”