Abortion bill receives final passage

 The Louisiana Senate gave final legislative passage Thursday to a bill aimed at further restricting abortions in Louisiana.

The Senate voted 33-3 to concur in House amendments to the legislation and shipped it to Gov. Bobby JIndal’s desk for signing into law.

Under Senate Bill 708, a woman would be given the option of listening to their unborn baby’s heartbeat before receiving an abortion.

The legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Sharon Broome, D-Baton Rouge, would require women to hear the heartbeat of the unborn fetus unless they specifically refuse.

SB708 would also change the wait between examination and procedure from two hours to 24 hours.