Louisiana adopts abortion restrictions

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) signed several abortion bills into law Tuesday, including one that makes the state opt out of abortion coverage called for in the healthcare reform law. The other two laws require women getting abortions to get ultrasounds and exclude doctors who perform elective abortions from medical malpractice reform laws.

Louisiana is the fourth state to adopt opt-out legislation, a provision in the healthcare reform bill that allows states to decide to exclude elective abortion coverage from being offered on the state health insurance exchanges due to begin operating in 2014. The legislation has exemptions for rare cases where the mother's life is in danger from "a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury" including "a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself."

Louisiana is the fourth state to opt out, after Arizona, Mississippi and Tennessee. A similar bill is on the governor's desk in Missouri.