Louisiana state Democrat: Abortion is 'modern-day genocide'

Louisiana state Democrat: Abortion is 'modern-day genocide'
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Democratic Louisiana State Rep. Katrina Jackson appeared in a series of interviews over the last few days defending her state's new anti-abortion law, saying she thinks of the procedure as "modern-day genocide."

Louisiana last month became the sixth state to recently pass a ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is usually at about six weeks of pregnancy.

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Jackson defended the Democrats who backed the measure.

"I think [abortion] mitigates our race's voting power, it hurts our race's power in the census. I really consider it to be modern-day genocide," Jackson, an African American woman, told NBC News for a story released Tuesday.

"In Louisiana ... a majority of Democrats in the legislature are pro-life. We refer to ourselves as whole-life Democrats. It's not difficult for us. It's our Christian value, our sincerely held belief that abortion is wrong, so we fight for it, but we are different in how we approach the issue," she said in an appearance on "The Story with Martha MacCallum" on Monday.

In an interview with Vice News on Sunday, Jackson said that "the overwhelming majority of my district is pro-life."

The ban has drawn special attention because Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was the first Democrat to sign such a measure and because Democrats in the state's House, like Jackson, pushed the initiative. Louisiana’s law won’t take effect unless a similar measure in Mississippi is upheld by a federal court.

Edwards’s role has angered Democrats who see abortion rights as an uncompromisable and key part of the party’s platform. He is the only anti-abortion Democratic governor.

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“I’ll say it again: In this political climate, I will only support Democrats for office who will defend a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion,” fellow presidential candidate Julián Castro tweeted in response to the news that Edwards signed the law.