Lift Louisiana Marks the Anniversary of U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Whole Women’s Health With a Week of Action and Awareness

Lift Louisiana is celebrating the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year to strike down two onerous Texas abortion restrictions in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt with a week of action and awareness.  

Today, Lift Louisiana and the National Partnership for Women & Families are releasing ”Bad Medicine: How a Political Agenda is Undermining Women’s Health Care in Louisiana,” an issue brief highlighting the harmful effects of Louisiana abortion restrictions. The brief outlines “bad medicine” restrictions in Louisiana that directly interfere in the patient-provider relationship and advance an ideological agenda that flouts medical evidence and scientific integrity. A copy of this brief will be sent to each member of the Louisiana Senate and House of Representatives.

In conjunction with the issue brief, Lift Louisiana is launching a public awareness campaign featuring billboards near hospitals in Baton Rouge, Metairie and New Orleans and prominent homepage ads in The Advocate. This campaign seeks to increase awareness among medical professionals and the public about the ways in which abortion restrictions in Louisiana are based on lies and misinformation.

“Last year, the Court made clear that states are not allowed to make up facts in order to justify restrictions on abortion,” stated Michelle Erenberg, Executive Director of Lift Louisiana. “Yet Louisiana lawmakers continue to push new restrictions. They haven’t done a thing to remove laws from the books that disregard evidence and interfere in a woman’s ability to obtain care.”

Wrapping up this anniversary, Lift Louisiana will host a viewing of the documentary Trapped, which follows several clinic owners and doctors struggling to comply with new laws aimed at blocking abortion access by shutting down clinics that provide abortions. The film screening will be followed by a panel of experts including clinic workers and attorneys on the front lines of this fight in Louisiana.

WHAT:          Screening of the award-winning documentary Trapped

WHO:           Michelle Erenberg, Executive Director, Lift Louisiana

 Ellie Schilling, JD, Co-founder and Advisory Board Chair, Lift Louisiana

 Kathaleen Pittman, Administrator Hope Medical Center, Shreveport, LA

WHEN:          June 27th at 6:30 p.m.,

  Café Istanbul, 2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Tickets are available at liftlouisiana.org/trapped

The issue brief and information about the ad campaign are available at liftlouisiana.org/truth

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