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A debate on abortion taking place in Acadiana

Posted at 10:21 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 23:21:09-04

In light of Alabama’s new law effectively banning abortions, a pro-life and pro-choice debate is taking place across the country, including Acadiana.

In Baton Rouge, a bill that would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected is getting closer to final approval. Senator John Milkovich says he sponsored the legislation because, in his view, life begins at conception.

“Every genetic indiction and blueprint and a structural diagram is in that cell. the point of Dr. Lejeune was that the person exists in that cell. There is life from the point of conception. that is a scientific fact,” Milkovich said.

The bill passed a committee and how heads to the full house for consideration. In the meantime, KATC is hearing from people on both sides of the issue.

Three women stood in front of the Federal Courthouse on Thursday fighting for a woman’s right to control her own body.

“I feel like it was important to come out here and do this peaceful protest because our sisters did not fight for us almost 50 years ago for Roe V Wade for us to be fighting these same battles nearly 50 years later,” one protestor said.

The women not only held signs but also engaged with people passing by.

“I made an array of signs to make sure I could represent anyone’s beliefs who came out. I made these signs to show people that while we are a small majority. We are still here and still fighting for peoples rights,” the protestor said.

Brenda Desormeaux says she has been a pro-life activist for years and believes all babies should have a chance.

“Pro-choice is a lie. You have a right to choose, but we don’t have a right to kill each other. That is what is happening, all over the world and the country. If a mother can choose to kill their child, then what is left then for us to kill each other,” Desormeaux said.

Desormeaux runs a foundation that helps pregnant women in crisis and even after they have their baby. She says when there is help there is no reason to have an abortion.

“Legalizing abortion does not make it right. We are killing each other and destroying humanity,” Desormeaux said.

Desormeaux says when t comes to rape or incest, she still doesn’t believe in abortion. But, rather helping the mother through her pregnancy.