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.

Specifically:

Programs

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?

What Does the Decision in Whole Women's Health Mean for Louisiana Women?

Want to know more about the landmark Supreme Court decision in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, what it means for pending cases in Louisiana, and the future of abortion access in our state?

Join Lift Louisiana and the Center for Reproductive Rights for this webinar July 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM Central.

David Brown and Zoe Levine, Staff Attorneys with the Center for Reproductive Rights, will break it all down for you.

House Subcommittee Bill Eliminates Programs that Reduce Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

On July 7, the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) Subcommittee passed its version of the LHHS appropriations bill for FY 2017. The bill—which passed along party lines—eliminated programs critical to reducing teen and unplanned pregnancy. 

Specifically, the bill:

Kids Count Report Reveals Trouble for Louisiana's Children

Source: Kids Count 2016

Last month, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual Kids Count report.It  revealed that once again,  Louisiana ranked 48th out of 50 states with more children living in poverty, with parents who are unemployed, being raised by single parents and fewer  in preschool. What do we mean by more? 28  percent of children in Louisiana live in poverty, and more children are living in extreme poverty than were eight years ago.

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