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It's Time to Ratify the ERA

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.”

Women on Wednesdays Town Halls

Lift Louisiana is partnering with organizations across the state to host Women on Wednesday Town Halls; informative community conversation about the issues that women are facing with in our communities. These events are opportunities to meet fellow activists and organizers and to learn how you can get involved with local organizations working to advance women in the state.

Federal Appeals Court Ignores Supreme Court Precedent

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to reconsider its rogue decision on a Louisiana law aimed at closing abortion clinics.

01.18.19 (PRESS RELEASE) - Today, the Fifth Circuit refused to reconsider its decision from last year upholding a Louisiana law that requires physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. This means the law will go into effect in the next seven days, pending any legal action to stop it.

Donate Toys To Children Of Incarcerated Parents

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.

Lift Louisiana and our partners are coordinating this toy drive so moms in prison can give holiday gifts to their children. 

Louisiana Court Invalidates Regulations of Abortion Clinics

12.06.18 - (PRESS RELEASE) - Today, a district court in Baton Rouge invalidated all of Louisiana’s current abortion clinic regulations, passed in 2015 by the Louisiana Department of Health.  Judge Janice Clark of the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge held that the state’s abortion clinic regulations are invalid because they were not properly promulgated by the department, as required by state law.  These overbroad, burdensome regulations further threatened abortion accessibility in Louisiana, where only three abortion clinics remain to serve women in the

We Stand with Trans People

This week we learned about the Trump administration memo that seeks to define gender as either male or female, based on genitalia recorded at birth (or subsequent genetic testing). This proposal would assign gender at birth and would not allow it to be changed over the course of a person's life.