This Week in Louisiana April 8 2016

The Senate passed, 37-0 the Louisiana Expectant and Parenting Students Act which would support pregnant and parenting students to reduce the dropout rate among teen mother. The Senator who introduced the bill says the number one cause of females dropping out of high school is pregnancy. He says the ultimate goal is to help keep students in school while pregnant and following birth.

The House of Representatives voted, 89-5, to extend the waiting period for abortions from 24 hours to 72 hours. If passed by the Senate, Louisiana would be the sixth state with the longest waiting periods in the country. A woman in Louisiana currently has to wait 24 hours from the time she consults with a doctor and gets a mandatory ultrasound to the moment she gets an abortion.

Also approved by the House, 87-0, was a measure that would require doctors who perform abortions to be either board certified or certifiable in obstetrics and gynecology, or family medicine

The Senate will vote next week on equal pay and raising the minimum wage – two efforts that will support working women in Louisiana.

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