The biggest threat to Louisiana women’s ability to access quality abortion care is politicians in the state. That is the key message of a new public education campaign launched today by Lift Louisiana, a leading reproductive rights advocacy organization, and supported by the National Partnership for Women & Families.

Advocates for Women’s Health Admonish the Louisiana Legislature for Attacks on Women and Families

Advocates for women’s health will host a Press Conference on Friday, May 18 to demand politicians focus the last days of this legislative session on improving health care access, the vital social services network, and economic justice for Louisiana women and families.   For the last several months politicians in the capitol have failed to deliver justice for Louisiana women.

Our Perspectives: Birth Control in Prison has a Different Meaning

Reproductive justice, coined by SisterSong, is defined as “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities”. Reproductive justice advocates focus on access to safe abortion, contraception, pregnancy care, sex education, and much more. In addition, reproductive justice work breaks down all systems of oppression.

Advisory Board

Arianna Baseman is originally from South Florida. Her previous work experience includes the Women's Education and Research Institute in Washington D.C. where she worked as a Women's Health Policy Fellow for Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of California.  She served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in the Dominican Republic and worked there with a small community based organization focused on generational poverty reduction. After returning to New Orleans, Baseman worked as a Bilingual Post Release Services Case Manager for Jewish Family Service.

In the Courts

Lift Louisiana’s litigation program provides critical legal support for reproductive rights by protecting clinics from closing, protecting providers from losing their licenses, and defending people's ability to access reproductive healthcare. Lift provides these services to eligible healthcare providers and patients using strategies developed by an advisory board of diverse legal experts.

The budget cannot be fixed without new revenue

Cross-posted from Louisiana Budget Project

House budget targets hospitals and college students

Facing a $648 million "fiscal cliff" caused by expiring tax revenue, a divided Louisiana House approved an operating budget Thursday that includes deep cuts to health care services for low-income families and TOPS college scholarships. Needing 53 votes to pass the bill, House leadership mustered 55 votes to send the flawed proposal to the Senate.  The Advocate's Elizabeth Crisp reports: