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.
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.