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What Does the Decision in Whole Women's Health Mean for Louisiana Women?

Want to know more about the landmark Supreme Court decision in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, what it means for pending cases in Louisiana, and the future of abortion access in our state?

Join Lift Louisiana and the Center for Reproductive Rights for this webinar July 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM Central.

David Brown and Zoe Levine, Staff Attorneys with the Center for Reproductive Rights, will break it all down for you.

House Subcommittee Bill Eliminates Programs that Reduce Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

On July 7, the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) Subcommittee passed its version of the LHHS appropriations bill for FY 2017. The bill—which passed along party lines—eliminated programs critical to reducing teen and unplanned pregnancy. 

Specifically, the bill:

Kids Count Report Reveals Trouble for Louisiana's Children

Source: Kids Count 2016

Last month, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual Kids Count report.It  revealed that once again,  Louisiana ranked 48th out of 50 states with more children living in poverty, with parents who are unemployed, being raised by single parents and fewer  in preschool. What do we mean by more? 28  percent of children in Louisiana live in poverty, and more children are living in extreme poverty than were eight years ago.

Rally for Women June 2nd

Lift Louisiana invites you to Rally for Women June 2nd

This legislative session lawmakers continued to ignore the poor economic and health outcomes of women in Louisiana and have imposed even more barriers to health care access. This kind of action cannot continue.

It’s time to let our lawmakers know that women deserve respect!

WE know what needs to be done and WE will continue to fight for women.

Governor Signs Off on New Restrictions to Reproductive Health Care Access

Reproductive health advocates expressed disappointment at the Governor’s support for laws that create barriers for women seeking abortion

New Orleans, LA (May 23, 2016) – Last Thursday, Governor Edwards quietly signed two new laws that restrict access to abortion. The Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom is concerned about the impact of these laws and several others making their way to the governor’s desk soon.

Governor Edwards Signs Bills To Triple Delay for Abortion

Last Thursday, Governor Edwards quietly signed two new laws that restrict access to abortion in Louisiana.

HB 386, now Act 97, triples the state’s mandated delay, forcing women seeking abortions to wait at least 72 hours between obtaining state-mandated counseling and the abortion.

The governor also signed HB 488, which unnecessarily requires abortion providers to be board certified ob/gyns and makes it more difficult for capable and trained physicians who want to perform abortions to get licensed to do so in Louisiana.

This Week in Louisiana...

Most women in Louisiana will have to wait three days to get an abortion under House Bill 386 which made it over its final legislative hurdle on Wednesday when the Louisiana House, as expected, approved minor wording changes to the bill. The bill will now go to the Governor for his signature.