Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, said he plans to sign the bill.
"In 2015, I ran for governor as a pro-life candidate after serving as a pro-life legislator for eight years", Edwards said in a statement via Twitter. "As I prepare to sign this bill, I call on the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who voted for it to join me in continuing to build a better Louisiana that cares for the least among us and provides more opportunity for everyone".
After the vote, Edwards tweeted his pro-life stance.
A federal judge last Friday blocked an nearly identical six-week "heartbeat bill" enacted in MS, ruling it violates the fundamental right to privacy protecting a woman's right to an abortion as established by Roe v. Wade under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment. A federal judge on Friday placed a stay on the law while the legal challenges play out. "Across the nation there is a growing momentum, informed by science and compassion, to recognize the humanity of the unborn child in law", Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement provided to the Washington Free Beacon.
Alabama has passed what is perhaps the most extreme restriction, banning abortion from the time a woman "knows she is pregnant".
Currently, Louisiana law prohibits abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
But, it does allow for abortions if the mother's life is at risk. Additionally, Louisiana's law doesn't make exceptions for cases of rape and incest.
Louisiana's Democratic governor said on Wednesday he would sign a bill passed earlier in the day to ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, the latest legislation in a movement in mostly Southern and Midwest states to curb abortion rights.
On Thursday, hundreds of demonstrators march in support of Planned Parenthood in a rally in St Louis, protesting the potential closure of Missouri's last abortion clinic.
Planned Parenthood declared a "state of emergency" for women's health following the passage of laws in several states restricting or near-outright banning abortion.
None of the above bans have taken effect. So like anti-abortion lawmakers everywhere, the Louisiana pols seeking to revoke reproductive rights will have to wait and see if the Supreme Court's spanking-new five-Justice conservative bloc will succor them with a reversal or modification of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Planned Parenthood is asking the judge to declare that the state's licensing investigation is "arbitrary and capricious" or that the state can not interfere with a person's right to an abortion.