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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.

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:

Louisiana Senators Advance Unconstitutional Ban on Abortions After 15 Weeks

For Immediate Release

April 17, 2018

Louisiana Senators Advance Unconstitutional Ban on Abortions After 15 Weeks

New proposal very likely to end up in court

New Orleans, LA - On Tuesday, the the members of the Judiciary C Committee in the Louisiana Senate approved a proposal by Senator John Milkovich that would that would ban abortion after 15 weeks from conception.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: A Legislative Crisis

Often getting women in the door of their facilities under the guise of free pregnancy tests and free ultrasounds, crisis pregnancy centers, on their face, don’t look all that bad. However, inside those doors, women are often faced with highly anti-choice propaganda from people who they may have mistakenly misunderstood to be medical professionals or doctors who could help them in their times of need.

Planned Parenthood files lawsuit seeking license to provide abortions to women in New Orleans

Last week, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC), which operates two clinics in Louisiana, filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) for it’s unconstitutional attempts to prevent the clinics from providing comprehensive reproductive healthcare services, including abortion. Lift Louisiana fully supports this challenge, which is now the fifth lawsuit pending against LDH’s burdensome and unconstitutional attacks on reproductive health and abortion providers.

LBP on Medicaid work requirements

Gov. John Bel Edwards said this week that his administration is "actively working" to develop a work requirement plan for able-bodied Medicaid recipients. The governor's announcement came on the same week that President Donald Trump's administration announced that it would start approving such plans, which had never before been allowed in the Medicaid program.