La. governor signs bill to encourage adoption over abortion

Posted at 3:46 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 16:46:28-04

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to bolster a state law aimed at encouraging women seeking an abortion to instead give birth and place the baby for adoption.
Edwards’ office announced Friday that the Democratic governor had signed into law the bill by Rep. Rick Edmonds, a Baton Rouge Republican.
The changes add more information about adoption to a state-mandated website and a state-issued pamphlet that must be given to a woman before she can have an abortion. The website and printed materials have to contain ways a pregnant woman can get confidential information about placing a child for adoption.
The legislation also creates a task force to help develop the website and pamphlet, along with an outreach program promoting adoption and discouraging abortion.