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Gov. Edwards on how he hopes to fix polarization amid Louisiana abortion debate

Gov. John Bel Edwards pictured at the statehouse in Baton Rouge. Louisiana's governor, a Democrat who has supported abortion restrictions in the past, signed a bill into law on June 21, 2022, that would criminalize providers of the procedure and make no exceptions for rape or incest.
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Gov. John Bel Edwards at the statehouse in Baton Rouge.

This week, Louisiana lawmaker Danny McCormick introduced a bill allowing prosecutors to charge patients with homicide if they get an abortion. But after initially passing out of a house committee and receiving amendments, the bill was ultimately pulled.

WRKF Capitol Access reporter Paul Braun tells us more about this bill and other legislative attempts to restrict abortions as the nation gets ready for a decision from the Supreme Court on the Dobbs v. Jackson case.

The Heartland Summit, a conference in Bentonville, Arkansas that’s sponsored by the Walton Foundation and focuses on fostering collaboration and innovation in the country’s heartland, has just wrapped up. One of the speakers was Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Edwards joined us to discuss how to jumpstart economic growth in the nation’s heartland, and how to reach across the aisle as the abortion debate continues to polarize Louisiana.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Patrick Madden. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Patrick was the Regional News Director for the news collaboration between WRKF Baton Rouge and WWNO New Orleans, from 2019 through 2023.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.