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. 

Lift Louisiana Responds to New Restrictions on Abortion Nationally

In the weeks since the election, several pieces of extreme abortions restrictions have popped up across the country.

Texas, following the lead of Indiana and Louisiana, issued controversial new rules requiring the burial or cremation of fetal tissue, and will be the first state to enforce such a rules. The rules have no apparent exceptions for those who spontaneously abort at home, requiring women who have just suffered a miscarriage to gather fetal remains, “regardless of the period of gestation” per the law, for incineration or disinfection and interment. While Governor Greg Abbott recommends these regulations to promote the sanctity of life, medical and burial professionals deride them as expensive and unnecessary. Opponents also assert the rules will disproportionately affect women of color and low-income who already have trouble shouldering the costs of medical procedures, will discourage women from seeking medical attention in the event of a miscarriage, and will drive women to unsafe abortions.


In Louisiana, we understand very well the dramatic impact that the President, Congress and the Courts have on the rights of women. That is why so many of us are concerned and maybe even scared about our future. We may be devastated, but we must also be determined.

Determined to stand up for justice. Determined to stand up for equality and equity. Determined to protect and defend the reproductive rights of all women, of all ages, in this state.