To read about the February 2014 victory over the onerous Department of Health and Hospitals restrictions, click here.
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Update (3/31/14): The House passed HB 388 with six nays and 14 absent. The bill will likely go before the Senate Health and Welfare Committee next week. More information on contacting your Senators to come!
Update (3/25/14): The full house will hear testimony on HB 388 next week. Call and email your house members today! Contact information here: http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Reps/H_Reps_ByAddress.asp. Or, sign up with Choice Louisiana to contact your rep and receive updates and alerts!
Update (3/23/14): The House Committee on Health and Welfare unanimously passed HB 388, despite testimony from attornies, clinic owners, medical students, and NOAF supporters. See coverage here (begins at 8:21).
Louisiana House Bill 388, introduced by Representative Katrina Jackson (D - Monroe), will require all abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic in which the abortion is performed. This bill echoes the recent restrictions that have closed numerous clinics in Texas.
In partnership with the other grassroots organizations in the newly-formed Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, NOAF will continue to advocate for abortion access in Louisiana in the face of these attacks.
We need your help to defeat this bill! Below are sample letters, which can be edited and sent to your represenatives. The New Orleans Abortion Fund is asking Representative Jackson to remove this bill from consideration; barring that, NOAF requests that the members of the Louisiana House vote against the bill.
Call or write today!
You can download a sample letter to Rep. Jackson. Additionally, we have created a more detailed letter, which can be sent to your House representative. Feel free to edit these letters to include your personal experience and your connection to NOAF and the abortion access movement.
- There is no medical reason for this requirement. Abortion is among the safest medical procedures; less than half of one percent lead to major complications, and most of those few complications can be addressed in an outpatient setting.
- Politicians, not doctors, are behind this push. The American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have spoken out against admitting privilege requirements for abortion providers.
- The doctors who provide abortions in Louisiana are skilled, patient-centered, and trusted community members.
- Only Ob/Gyn or family practice physicians perform abortions in Louisiana, which means providers are already some of the most skilled doctors in the medical profession.
- Louisiana law requires a physician to remain in an abortion facility when patients are present. This means it would be impossible for a provider to leave the facility during business hours to admit a patient into a local hospital. Transfer agreements are a best practice in this scenario.
- This bill places onerous restrictions on respected doctors and leave only two parishes with clinics, impacting minority and low-income women who will turn to home remedies or dangerous, illegal abortions, just as they did prior to the passage of Roe v. Wade.
This increased exposure also means more calls to our funding hotline, as our clients are disproportionately affected by existing restrictions on abortion. We need your help to guarantee that a woman's right to abortion care does not depend on her wallet! Join or donate to the 2014 Game-a-Thon!