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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
On Monday, the Senate will vote on S. 2133, a nationwide ban on abortions past 20 weeks. Voices from Louisianans, who know that this restriction harms patients, are essential to defeating it. Please call today!