Reproductive Healthcare Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak
The COVID-19 pandemic is having significant impacts on the lives of people in our state. Many people in Louisiana have lost their ability to work following the Governor’s order people to stay home except to get healthcare, food, supplies, or go to an essential job. School closures have forced parents to stay home with their kids rather than continuing to work.
We have created this guide to provide you with critical information that you and your constituents need to ensure that people in Louisiana have access to comprehensive, reproductive healthcare services, including abortion.
Organizations and service providers across the state are working to ensure access continues. Below is information about what services are available and where.
Resources for Pregnancy Prevention
Plan B NOLA provides free and by-donation Emergency Contraception (EC) to the New Orleans community through a city-wide network of Community Support Members (CSMs).
There are 2 ways to get EC from Plan B NOLA:
- The Healthline: TEXT OR CALL 504-264-3656 to meet with a Community Support Member for EC
- A Community Outpost: see a list of outposts here
Planned Parenthood Health Centers - The New Orleans Health Center is closed until further notice. The Baton Rouge clinic is open and appointments are available Mon-Fri. Please call for an appointment. They are not taking walk-ins.
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) – This is a database of FQHCs around the state with information about which are providing birth control and what methods are available.
Find a Family Planning Clinic in Your Area - The Louisiana Department of Health maintains a website that provides a list of family planning clinics by region. Some of the clinics may be closed or providing limited services at this time.
Resources for Abortion
New Orleans Abortion Fund - Financial assistance for abortion procedures. Call: 504-363-1112
Louisiana Judicial Bypass Project - In Louisiana, as a minor (17 years and younger) you are required to provide consent from a parent or legal guardian to access pregnancy termination services. In those cases where it would be too dangerous or impossible to obtain parental permission, you can obtain a judicial bypass. This means that a judge grants permission for you to receive abortion services. The Louisiana Judicial Bypass Project provides free legal representation to minors seeking abortion. We are currently working with the courts to ensure minors can continue to apply for judicial bypass during the outbreak. Call/Text: (504) 535-5277
The Women’s Health Care Clinic New Orleans, LA
Call: (504) 899-6010
Delta Clinic Baton Rouge, LA
(225) 923-3242 or Toll Free at (800) 9373242
Hope Medical Group for Women Shreveport, LA
318-221-5500 Toll-free 800-448-5004
Abortion is Essential Healthcare, a new publication by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, explains why abortion access is imperative during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resources for Pregnancy Support
Birthmark Doula Collective - Doula, educational services for pregnant people. Phone: 504-457-8332
Coronavirus: Pregnancy & Breastfeeding - We do not currently know if pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from COVID-19 than the general public nor whether they are more likely to have serious illness as a result. Visit the CDC website for more information about pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Resources for Parents
LaMOMS - Louisiana pregnancy Medicaid enrollment (first obtaining verification of pregnancy from licensed medical clinic). Assistance finding an OB/GYN. Phone: 1-877-455-9955
Nurse Family Partnership - Provides care and support via home visits from registered nurses to low-income, first-time parents in order to promote having healthy pregnancy, providing responsible and competent care for their children, and becoming more economically self-sufficient. Phone: 504-568-5926
Partners for Healthy Babies - Louisiana WIC Program. Phone: 800-251-BABY (2229) or 504-568-3504
State and Federal Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
The Louisiana Department of Health is maintaining a website for Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and resources. The information on this website reflects the most current information provided to the State. It is subject to change based on further investigations, and will be updated accordingly.
Anyone looking for information about the COVID-19 outbreak can simply dial 211 or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page for the Centers for Disease Control.
Many other resources are available at these websites:
- NOLAREADY.gov - Latest Coronavirus information from New Orleans. Includes a list of assistance resources for residents including information for enrollment in Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) and Unemployment Insurance.
- New Orleans residents can sign up for emergency alerts - text your zip code to 888777
- Shreveport Coronavirus information is available here.
- Red Stick Ready - Latest Coronavirus information from Baton Rouge.
- City of Alexandria Website-COVID-19 Response Updates - Latest Coronavirus information from Alexandria.
- City of Monroe - Latest Coronavirus information from Monroe
- City of Lafayette - Latest Coronavirus information from Lafayette
- The Reproductive Justice Action Collective (ReJAC)
- The "Can I Get" Project
- Women with a Vision
- The Disaster Distress Helpline, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
- Tell Our Partner - If you've tested positive for COVID-19, this site allows you to notify your contacts.