Access to reproductive health-care services in Louisiana is limited. There are only five clinics that provide abortion care in the state—and that number is soon expected to fall to two once a new law signed by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal goes into effect.
Rachel Maddow reports on an omnibus anti-abortion law signed by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday that imposes restrictions on abortion providers. The law, HB 388, is expected to close nearly every clinic in the state. Reporting from RH Reality Check‘s Emily Crockett on judicial nominee Michael Boggs, who supported anti-choice legislation in his state of Georgia that like new legislation in Louisiana puts providers at risk by putting their information online, is shown at 1:46. [via MSBNC]
Modeled after a Texas law that was signed last summer, HB 388 requires abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they perform abortions, imposes a forced 24-hour waiting period on surgical abortions, and reduces the number of abortions a doctor must perform in a given year to be considered an abortion provider.
It seems grotesque that a woman’s lifeless body can be commandeered by a state and used as a petri dish in which to grow a baby. But that’s exactly what happened to Marlise Munoz in Texas, and that is what is going to happen to women in Louisiana should Gov. Bobby Jindal sign HB 1274 into law.
The 49th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut shows how little progress we’ve made in the fight for reproductive autonomy.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has revised its plan to privatize state-run hospitals with federal dollars and resubmitted it to the agency that just last month rejected the proposal.
There isn’t a looming reproductive health-care crisis in the South. It has already arrived.
The Louisiana legislature passed a bill that requires physicians to keep brain-dead women who are pregnant on mechanical support if the physician determines there is a chance the fetus is viable.
Five years after the murder of Dr. George Tiller, the threats to providers continue.
One bill would ban abortion providers from teaching sex education in public schools, while the other would require women seeking an abortion to receive information written by the state about the alleged mental health risks associated with the procedure.