WASHINGTON, July 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) launched the Abortion Rights Project to respond to the unprecedented assault on abortion rights in this country. A major focus of the initiative will be supporting state and local groups working on the frontlines of the fight to protect the right to abortion and expand abortion access.
WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?
In March, the Trump-Pence Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized a new rule that would make clinics ineligible to receive Title X funds if they provide abortions or referrals for them. The rule clearly targeted Planned Parenthood, but also has serious consequences for many patients and providers receiving Title X Family Planning Funds. The rule makes it illegal for health care providers in the Title X program to refer patients for abortion.
The Louisiana Legislature wrapped up the 2019 session last week failing women and families yet again. Here’s a rundown of what these lawmakers rejected and what they passed.
Lawmakers failed to make progress on the minimum wage, paid leave, equal pay for women and a host of other issues that would have helped women, workers, and families.
Today, New Orleans City Council President Helena Moreno and Vice President Jason Williams will introduce a resolution condemning the abortion measure signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards this week that would ban abortions in Louisiana at around six weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest.
This has been a really difficult week, not just in Louisiana, but in the nation. Georgia, Alabama and Missouri all passed extreme abortion bans. Not to be outdone, Louisiana moved forward with it's own version of a six week abortion ban, with no exceptions for rape or incest. SB 184 passed the House Health and Welfare Committee with no objections. Find out what you need to know about Louisiana's Six Week Abortion Ban.
This week, the Louisiana legislature moved forward some important proposals, including SCR 2 to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Committees also advanced SB 155, a constitutional amendment that would allow voters to decide on raising the minimum wage to $9.00/hour, and SB 136, which would end pay secrecy to ensure fair pay for women. All these bills now head to the full Senate and your Senator needs to hear from you!
Representative Katrina Jackson has introduced a bill that would use the state Constitution to take away the right to abortion in Louisiana AND target poor pregnant people who need abortion care by taking away any making sure there could never be any public funding of abortion.
Louisiana lawmakers have an opportunity to vote to exempt diapers and feminine hygiene products from state and local sales and use taxes. Louisiana leads the nation in single-family households, children in poverty and single family households led by women. Ending this tax would save families $6.4M and females $3.2M each year.
We already exempt necessities such as food, residential utilities, and prescription drugs - so this tax exemption on products that women and babies need for their health and well-being is, just simply, the right thing to do!
Yesterday, Louisiana State Senator J.P. Morrell introduced a resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The ERA is a proposed Constitutional Amendment that guarantees gender equality. It was introduced in 1923 - almost 100 years ago - and passed by Congress with bipartisan support in 1972. Since then, 37 states have approved it. Ratification by one more state is needed to implement it.
What does it say?
“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”