“My position hasn’t changed. In eight years in the Legislature, I was a pro-life legislator,” he said on May 16. During the time that he was running for governor, he has had the same view. “I’m as consistent as I can be on that point.”
Edwards has recurrently opposed the national party leaders on the issue at hand and this time, he has made his stance clear again with the “heartbeat” legislation.
The proposal to outlaw abortion after a heartbeat from the fetus is detected is waiting for one final vote in the state House.
Kentucky, Georgia, Ohio, and Mississippi have already passed similar laws, effectively standing against the 1973 U.S Supreme Court Roe v. Wade resolution that made abortions legal.
The Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey (R), also successfully passed a law on May 17 that now makes abortion a felony in almost all cases and at any stage of pregnancy.
“To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God,” Ivey said in a statement, according to The Hill. “To all Alabamians, I assure you that we will continue to follow the rule of law.”
Edward’s attitude is rare within the Democratic party, and has provoked heated attacks from people who think that abortion should be legal. But his views are not rare in Louisiana and are therefore in accordance with the people of the state he governs, being favorable of religion and conservatism. He described locals as being “overwhelmingly pro-life.” more here