Since 1973, the state of Louisiana has enacted 89 abortion restrictions, more—by far—than any other state in the nation. This number, newly released by Guttmacher Institute state policy analysts today, is key context for the March 4 Supreme Court oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Gee.
Cross-posted from the Guttmacher Institute
The federal contraceptive coverage guarantee is back before the U.S. Supreme Court, with affordable access to birth control yet again threatened by policymakers and employers opposed to reproductive health and rights.
Louisiana has been in the news nearly every day as we get ready for the Supreme Court to hear our challenge to a law that would close every clinic that provides abortion in our state except one. But we have also seen an incredible outpouring of support here and across the nation. We remain committed to working for a healthier, stronger state where our rights our protected and we can all live with dignity.
As you may know, Lift Louisiana has supported efforts to eliminate the sales tax on feminine hygiene products in the state. We have come close, but so far, we haven't won. Now, we're teaming up with Period Equity and LOLA to protest the "tampon tax."
On November 22, make your voice heard. Join us in New Orleans for the Tampon Tax Protest Tour. Our collective action is a first step in initiating lawsuits against the 33 states that don’t consider tampons and pads necessities.
What we're doing
Parents giving toys to their children is a hallmark of the holiday season. For some kids whose parents don't have the resources to give them gifts, toy drives can help bring holiday cheer to children (and parents) in need. But other children will spend the holiday season away from their parents because their parents are incarcerated — and that's where this toy drive comes in.
Today, the United States Supreme Court decided to listen to arguments on a Louisiana law that requires physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The Court stepped in to temporarily block the law from taking effect earlier this year.
The future of abortion access in Louisiana is in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Today, Lift Louisiana was back in court defending a Louisiana abortion clinic from burdensome regulations and holding state government officials accountable to the people. Last December, a district court ruled that the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) had not substantially complied with state law when the agency promulgated the regulations. The state appealed that ruling and Louisiana’s First Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case today.
On August 14, 2019, DHS published a final rule making sweeping changes to the "public charge" test. Several organizations and states have filed lawsuits to challenge this harmful rule. The proposed rule represents a radical change in current policy that is antithetical to our values and would have a harmful impact on individuals, families, and our communities.