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Governor Signs Off on New Restrictions to Reproductive Health Care Access

Reproductive health advocates expressed disappointment at the Governor’s support for laws that create barriers for women seeking abortion

New Orleans, LA (May 23, 2016) – Last Thursday, Governor Edwards quietly signed two new laws that restrict access to abortion. The Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom is concerned about the impact of these laws and several others making their way to the governor’s desk soon.

Governor Edwards Signs Bills To Tripple Delay for Abortion

Last Thursday, Governor Edwards quietly signed two new laws that restrict access to abortion in Louisiana.

HB 386, now Act 97, triples the state’s mandated delay, forcing women seeking abortions to wait at least 72 hours between obtaining state-mandated counseling and the abortion.

The governor also signed HB 488, which unnecessarily requires abortion providers to be board certified ob/gyns and makes it more difficult for capable and trained physicians who want to perform abortions to get licensed to do so in Louisiana.

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Most women in Louisiana will have to wait three days to get an abortion under House Bill 386 which made it over its final legislative hurdle on Wednesday when the Louisiana House, as expected, approved minor wording changes to the bill. The bill will now go to the Governor for his signature.

Louisiana Senate Decides to Triple the Waiting Period for Abortion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   May 3, 2016

 Louisiana Senate Decides to Triple the Waiting Period for Abortion

Reproductive health advocates express disappointment with the vote

New Orleans, LA (May 3, 2016) – The Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom expressed serious disappointment that the Louisiana Senate voted today 34-4 to impose an unnecessary, burdensome obstacle in the path of women seeking abortions.

Louisiana Lawmakers Pushing Multiple Bills Aimed at Limiting Access to Reproductive Health Care

Reproductive health advocates warn these efforts impose dangerous obstacles for women

New Orleans, LA (April 20, 2016) – The Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom expressed serious concerns about a slew of bills being considered by the House Health and Welfare Committee today.

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