abortion restrictions

Women's Place, Part 1

Jul 6, 2016

(The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Roe v. Wade in 1973, yet until the 1974 Constitution, women in Louisiana were legal “chattel”, i.e., property of their fathers or husbands. This is the first of a two-part series looking at “a woman’s place” in Louisiana, more than 40 years later.)

A new lawsuit, filed in federal court July first, is challenging the constitutionality of all seven abortion restrictions passed by the Louisiana Legislature this spring.

How will Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Texas case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstadt affect Louisiana’s similar law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges?

courtesy Louisiana Family Forum

There was never any doubt which way members of the House Health & Welfare committee would vote on bills seeking to further restrict abortions.

“Today is actually ‘Pro Life Day’ in the Legislature,” committee chair Frank Hoffman began.

First up was Hoffman’s bill prohibiting any state or federal funds going to healthcare providers -- for exams, contraception or even pap smears -- if that provider does abortions.

"The right of personal privacy includes the abortion decision." So said the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973's Roe v. Wade decision. But 42 years later in federal court in Baton Rouge, lawyers working for major policy groups on either side of the issue are arguing about restrictions on that personal private decision.

A new law that could close every abortion clinic in south Louisiana goes into effect in less than three weeks, on Sept. 1. Clinics in Baton Rouge and New Orleans are fighting to stay open.