Democrat to sign abortion ban

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No rape and no incest exceptions; Lousiana's Democratic governor, Kathleen Blanco says she'll sign the "near-total" ban on abortion, according to the AP.

It only would allow abortion in cases where the woman's life is in danger or when childbirth would permanently harm her health.
Of course, the bill is largely irrelevant in terms of actual policy as it depends entirely on the overturning of Roe v. Wade to take effect.

But the fact that a Democratic governor isn't standing up for this crucial privacy issue, that she's willing to let the state tell a woman what she must do with her body, is deeply disappointing.

But there's a big, big unanswered question here, as there is in every piece of abortion legislation.

According to AP: "Under the measure, doctors found guilty of performing abortions would face up to 10 years in prison and fines of $100,000." Does this only apply to doctors? If so, does that leave a sizable loophole for providers without MDs who distribute RU-486?

If not, then would a woman who takes RU-486 be subject to ten years in prison? Inquiring minds want to know. Forced-birthers don't.

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