Online Resources: Explore the links below to gain a deeper understanding of the issues affecting women’s healthcare and overall wellbeing in Louisiana.

Abortion Restrictions

Each year, a broad cross section of U.S. women obtain abortions. As of 2014, some 60% of women having abortions were in their 20s; 59% had one or more children; 86% were unmarried; 75% were economically disadvantaged; and 62% reported a religious affiliation. Sixty-three percent of Louisiana women ages 15-44 live in Parish with no abortion clinic.[1]

Family Planning

Research demonstrates that the publicly funded family planning effort benefits women, families and society by expanding contraceptive use, preventing unintended pregnancies, and improving maternal and child health.[1] Additionally, family planning has important consequences for improving women’s self-sufficiency and their educational, social and economic outcomes.



In the last three decades, Louisiana has ranked one of the highest in the nation in maternal mortality, unplanned pregnancies, teen birth rates, sexually transmitted infections, and other poor health indicators for women and children. Yet Louisiana has consistently supported policies and regulations aimed at creating insurmountable barriers to reproductive healthcare access and sexual health education instruction in schools.

Adolescent Health in Louisiana Webinar Series

The Louisiana Public Health Institute invites you to join an Adolescent Health in Louisiana webinar series.

Adolescent Health Webinar Series
• Want to learn about how to implement Comprehensive Sex Education in your school, or with partner organizations?
• Ever wondered about what rights Minors have in accessing health care?
• Would you like to know more about the reproductive health status of youth in Louisiana as told through the voices of young people, clinicians and community based organizations?