DHH Regulations (2014-15)

On Friday, December 19, 2014, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals once again released onerous regulations that jeopardize access to abortion, while doing nothing to improve patient safety.  Recent studies indicate that abortion has a complication rate of less than 1%.  These politically-motivated regulations are designed to close clinics, not improve safety.

Please see the press release in response to DHH regulations, for which NOAF is a signatory and official media contact.  Over 30 statewide and community-based individuals and groups signed on to this call to stop these unnecessary restrictions on clinics.

NOAF was at the hearing on January 29, 2015.  Read the testimony submitted by board member Amy Irvin.

Media inquiries: For comment from the New Orleans Abortion Fund on the impact of these regulations, please email abortionfundnola@gmail.com.

Make Your Voice Heard: Public Comments and Rally:

1) Learn about the issue.  These regulations are part of a nationwide campaign being waged in Congress, in state legislatures, in local government, and in regulatory bodies (such as DHH).  Using policies written by politicians and political ideologues, not doctors or other experts, abortion opponents are attempting to characterize abortion as an unsafe procedure requiring special regulations.  However, nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, a recent study of 50,000 patients who have obtained abortions found that less than 0.25% experienced major complications.  The American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists oppose these and similar regulations, such as the recently-passed admitting privileges requirement for physicians who perform abortions.  On the other hand, the Louisiana DHH's own website lists maternal mortality from pregnancy complications as 10 in 100,000 for the general population, and an astounding 22 in 100,000 for African American women.  With such shameful statistics for women who carry their pregnancy to term, surely DHH has more pressing issues than politically-motivated attacks on those who provide safe and compassionate abortion care in our communities.

2) Write your comment.  Sample text is provided below.  Please note that your full name and address is required for the comment to be entered into the record.  You do not need to be a Louisiana resident.

3) Email your comment to Cecile Castillo, Health Standards Section. The email is MedicaidPolicy@la.gov. The deadline for your comments to be considered is 1/30/15 at 4:30pm CST.

4) Support those who will be most impacted by these regulations: patients in need of abortion care.  Consider making a tax-deductible donation to the New Orleans Abortion Fund.

Sample text:

Please feel free to write your own statement, based on professional knowledge, personal experience, and your individual preference.

Cecile Castillo

Health Standards Section

I join the New Orleans Abortion Fund and call on the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to rescind the medically-unnecessary targeted regulations on abortion providers (TRAP regulations), issued on December 19, 2014.

These regulations will have a disastrous impact on the wellbeing of women and families throughout Louisiana. Even if one or more of Louisiana's five remaining clinics are able to meet these absurd regulations, there will be fewer abortion providers to serve the thousands women who receive abortions annually in our state. Delays in abortion care, long travel, increased costs of abortion procedures due to regulations, and the inability to access abortion negatively impact women's physical and mental health, economic security, and educational and employment prospects.

Simply put, these regulations jeopardize women's lives.

On the other hand, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that abortion itself is an incredibly safe procedure. In fact, the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists oppose such regulations.

I call on the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to respect science and data, not politics and reactionary forces. Rescind the TRAP regulations!


Full name and address


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