Maybe I should have been paying more attention, but I confess I didn't realize she'd actually sign it:
Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Thursday that she'll sign a near-total ban on abortion - without exceptions for rape or incest victims - that is nearing final legislative passage.
The Louisiana House and Senate have approved the measure by Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, but it awaits one final approval from the Senate of House changes before it reaches Blanco's desk. It only would allow abortion in cases where the woman's life is in danger or when childbirth would permanently harm her health.
The bill could only go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision is overturned.
"I anticipate signing that bill. It's got a safety measure for extreme situations for the life of the mother and some other health issues," Blanco said in an interview with The Associated Press.
She said she believed an exception for rape and incest victims to get an abortion, a proposal rejected by both the House and Senate, would have "been reasonable," but she said she wouldn't reject the bill for that reason....
This appears not to be an expression of the popular will. As The Boston Globe noted a couple of years ago,
Even in Louisiana, one of the least abortion-friendly states in the country, 52 percent of registered voters in an October poll said abortion should be "sometimes legal" (13 percent said "always legal," 31 percent said "never legal").
But when a minority is hell-bent on doing something, don't count on the will of the majority prevailing.
And it's a Democrat who spearheading this in the legislature, and a Democrat who'll sign the bill. Sigh.