Women's Rights Advocates to Rally Thursday at Governor's Mansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Women’s Rights Advocates to Rally Thursday at Governor’s Mansion

Supporters target Louisiana Legislature’s attacks on women’s health, economic opportunities

WHAT:        Planned Parenthood and the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom will host the Rally for Women across the street from the governor’s mansion on Thursday to shed light on the state Legislature’s actions aimed at limiting Louisiana women’s health care access and economic opportunity. Attendees will hoist posters and banners encouraging Gov. Edwards and the legislature to focus on policies that improve the lives of women and families in Louisiana. A brief speaking program will follow.

WHO:           Speakers to include: Raegan Carter, Senior Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast; Amy Irvin, Executive Director of the New Orleans Abortion Fund; Megan Snider, advocate; Angela Adkins, Legislative Liaison for Louisiana NOW; Julie Finger, MD, MPH; Michelle Erenberg, Executive Director of Lift Louisiana; Dylan Waguespack, Equality LA

WHERE:      Louisiana Governor’s Mansion (across the street)

1001 Capitol Access Rd.

Baton Rouge, LA

WHEN:        Thursday, June 2, 2016  |  11:00 a.m.

DETAILS:    Thursday’s Rally for Women will be held in response to the 2016 Louisiana Legislature’s collective attack on women, which is poised to make our state a national leader in suppressing women’s rights. In May, a Louisiana House committee rejected an equal pay bill aimed at narrowing one of the largest gender pay gaps in the country. While, the 72-hour mandatory delay period for abortions signed by Gov. Edwards is only one of many anti-women’s health restrictions politicians in Louisiana have passed this session:

A bill (HB 606) would block access to basic preventive care at health centers like Planned Parenthood for Louisianans enrolled in Medicaid. The Senate sent the bill to Gov. Edwards’ desk, and he has expressed his public support for this bill that could jeopardize access to health care for thousands.

A bill (HB 1081) which bans a safe method of legal abortion after the first trimester, regardless of a woman’s personal medical circumstances. Gov. Edwards signed the prohibition into law in May. It will prevent doctors from providing care based on what’s best for their patients. Major mainstream medical experts, like the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, oppose these measures, noting “these restrictions represent legislative interference at its worst: doctors will be forced, by ill-advised, unscientifically motivated policy, to provide lesser care to patients. This is unacceptable.”

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Contact:

Angela Adkins, (225) 324-0094, National Organization for Women, Baton Rouge

Michelle Erenberg, (504) 484-9636, Lift Louisiana

Rochelle Tafolla, (504) 390-3243, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

Amy Irvin, (504) 914-7539, New Orleans Abortion Fund


Signed:
American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana

Birthmark Doula Collective

Choice Louisiana

Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge

Doctors for America, Louisiana

Equality LA

Hope Medical Group for Women

League of Women Voters of Louisiana

Lift Louisiana

National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section

Louisiana NOW

National Organization of Women – Baton Rouge

National Organization of Women – New Orleans

National Organizations of Women – Shreveport

National Organizations of Women – Louisiana

New Orleans Abortion Fund

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

SlutWalk New Orleans

Students United for Reproductive Justice

Tulane Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Tulane Social Workers United for Reproductive Freedom

United 4 Equality

Unite Women Louisiana

Unitarian Universalists for Reproductive Freedom

Women’s Health Care Center

Women With A Vision, Inc.

Individual Members:

Micah Fincher

Laura Fine

Julie Finger, MD, MPH

Ellie T. Schilling

Megan Snider

Debbie Hollis

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