Shackling Pregnant Women in Louisiana Prisons: Part 1

If you can, imagine the many healthcare needs women have based purely on their biology. In our lifetime as women, we deal with menstrual cycles, many of will encounter pregnancy and birth, then later menopause, and so on. We reach stages in our lives where we are need to have gynecological check-ups, mammograms and pap smears. These are not rare or extreme situations; these are average health care experiences that come with being a woman. Moreover, these needs do not change once a woman is incarcerated. The difference is that incarcerated women depend on the state to provide them with the adequate health care and the state is not only responsible for, but is required to fulfill those needs[1].

Late last year, I began my work with Lift Louisiana as a legal research associate to conduct research and analyze policies related to healthcare access for incarcerated women, including the use of restraints (or shackles) on pregnant inmates.

EACH Woman is Reintroduced

Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) reintroduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act this week, along with more than 100 other members of Congress. The EACH Woman Act would ensure every woman, regardless of her income, insurance, or zip code, has coverage for all pregnancy-related care – including abortion. 

Marching Into A Movement

by Geraldine Neville

On January 21st, along with millions, for many reasons, I marched. I marched because having lost my mother too early to cervical cancer, I know too well the importance of access to preventive and reproductive health care services. As a Louisiana resident, I’ve witnessed the effects of poor public health policy on our communities. As a first generation, Latin American, born of formerly undocumented parents, I understand that born a generation or two later, I too might be considered an “anchor baby” by some. I marched in solidarity with my LGBTQ friends, all people of color and because climate change is a scientifically proven fact.

So now what? After the signs are recycled and the pink pussy hats are tossed in a drawer, forgotten until they pair well with an early Mardi Gras costume, how does a march become a movement?

Marching for Louisiana

Women's March - New Orleans
Saturday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

The Women’s March in New Orleans is a local event coinciding with the Women’s March on Washington. This is a grassroots event that is free and open to the public. 

According to the event page on Facebook:

National Day of Racial Healing

Lift Louisiana is a proud partner of a National Day of Racial Healing, led by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), with the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, the Foundation for Louisiana and Ashe Cultural Arts Center.

Individuals, organizations and communities across the United States will participate in activities, events and actions to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic and religious bias and build an equitable and just society so that all children can thrive.

Women’s Health Advocates Resolved to Speak Up

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   January 12, 2016

Women’s Health Advocates Resolved to Speak Up

Lift Louisiana hosts training this month

Shreveport, LA (January 12, 2017) – On January 12th, Lift Louisiana will host a training,  for community leaders and advocates who want to better understand these women’s health policy, the legislative process, and how to be an effective advocate. 

We Must Protect Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Family Planning Programs

Congress  just passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government at current levels through April 28, 2017 which includes funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program and the Title X Family Planning Program.  

The future of funding after April 28th is uncertain. 

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