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Many States Fail To Meet Women's Health Needs, Disparities Persist
Massachusetts ranks as the best state in the U.S. for meeting women's health needs, while Mississippi is the worst state, according to the Alliance for a Just Society's 2014 Women's Health Report Card, the Chicago Tribune reports.

States Continue To Limit Abortion Access, Despite Public Support for Abortion Rights
Although a majority of U.S. residents still support abortion rights, states across the country over the past four years have succeeded in enacting legislation that could drastically diminish abortion access for millions of women if allowed to stand, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Trial Date Set for La. Admitting Privileges Case; State Still Blocked From Enforcing Measure
The trial date for a federal judge to consider a lawsuit filed by Louisiana abortion clinics against the state's admitting privileges law (HB 388) has been set for March 30, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

States Mull Surrogacy Regulations
In the absence of federal rules on surrogacy, many states are considering their own regulations for the practice and seeking a "middle ground" on the sometimes politically sensitive issue, the New York Times reports.

La. Medicaid Plans, Some Private Plans Stop Covering Early Elective Deliveries
Louisiana's Medicaid program and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana no longer cover the cost of deliveries that occur before 39 weeks of pregnancy without a medical reason, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Featured Blogs
"Abortion Rights Aren't Safe in the South," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 9/2); "Montana Charges Woman With 'Criminal Endangerment' at Just 12 Weeks Pregnant," (Marty, Care2, 9/2).

La. Admitting Privileges Law Back in Court This Month
A federal judge on Tuesday set the timeline for the next steps in a request to block Louisiana's admitting privileges law (HB 388) while an underlying challenge to the law continues, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Judge Stalls Enforcement of La. Admitting Privileges Law for Some Abortion Providers
A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing an admitting privileges law (HB 388) while some doctors are attempting to comply with it and a court challenge continues, the AP/New York Times reports.

Telemedicine Becomes Partisan Issue When Abortion is Involved
Although many Republican lawmakers generally support telemedicine, they have backed state and federal efforts to restrict its use in abortion care, Politico Pro reports.

Admitting Privileges Mandates Create Hurdles for Abortion Providers
Admitting privileges requirements, enacted in several states, have proven to be "a potent tool" for abortion-rights opponents in their goal of limiting abortion access, the Washington Post reports.

La. Enacts Admitting Privileges Law That Could Close Clinics
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed into law a bill (HB 388) that critics say could close three of the states' five abortion clinics, Reuters reports.

Many State Abortion Restrictions Now Before Federal Courts
Federal courts are weighing a number of state laws, crafted by Republican-led legislatures, that create new requirements for abortion clinics or restrict when and how abortions are provided, the AP/Huffington Post reports.

Featured Blog
"Repro Wrap: TRAPs Are Working, Buffers Aren't, and Clinics Just Keep Closing" (Marty, Care2, 8/1).

Admitting Privileges Laws Threaten Abortion Access in Large Swaths of U.S.
State laws requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals threaten to leave women in broad areas of the country without abortion access in their region, particularly in rural and low-income parts of the South and Midwest, the AP/Yahoo! News reports.

Featured Blog: 'Number of Texas Women Living 200 Miles From an Abortion Clinic Has Jumped by 2,800 Percent'
The omnibus antiabortion-rights package (HB 2) approved in Texas a "year ago this month" has "wreaked havoc on reproductive health access in the state, and half of Texas' clinics have been forced to shut down," writes Tara Culp-Ressler of the Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

Louisiana Antiabortion-Rights Advocates File Suit Against State To Publicize Abortion Records
A lawsuit announced during an antiabortion-rights protest at a Louisiana clinic seeks access to mandatory reports that detail all pregnancies terminated in the state, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Featured Blogs
"Anti-Choice Protests Target New Orleans Clinics, Homes, Churches" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 7/24) and "Number of Texas Women Living 200 Miles From an Abortion Clinic Has Jumped by 2,800 Percent" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/23).

La. Gov. Signs Bill Mandating Care for Brain-Dead Pregnant Women
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has signed into law a bill (HB 1274) that requires physicians to continue medical support for brain-dead pregnant women until childbirth, WWNO reports.

La. Gov. Signs Bill Restricting Sex Education
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has signed into law (HB 305) a bill that would restrict sex education in the state, Reuters reports.

La. Bill Requiring 'Age-Appropriate' Sex Ed Fails for Third Year
A Louisiana bill (HB 369) that would have required public schools to offer sex education failed 3-10 in the state House Education Committee, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Featured Blog
"Louisiana Proposes Using Brain-Dead Women as Incubators" (Smith, Care2, 6/16).

La. Gov. Jindal Signs Abortion Pamphlet, Anti-Trafficking Bills
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Monday signed into law a bill (HB 1262) that mandates certain counseling prior to an abortion, as well as various measures designed to stem human trafficking in the state, the Washington Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"New Study Exposes Sex-Selective Abortion Bans for What They Are: Just Another Way To Restrict Abortion" (Bazelon, "XX Factor," Slate, 6/3),"Louisiana Lawmakers Pass Bill to Keep Women on Mechanical Support Against Their Wishes" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 6/3) and "Pennsylvania Women's Health Caucus Unveils Second Package of Bills" (Murtha, RH Reality Check, 6/3).

Okla. Gov. Fallin Signs Admitting Privileges Bill
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill (SB 1848) that will require abortion providers in the state to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, Reuters reports.

More Abortion Restrictions Head to La. Gov.
The Louisiana House on Thursday passed a bill (HB 1262) that would require women seeking abortions to be given a pamphlet on the potential impact of the procedure, human trafficking and the illegality of coerced abortions, the AP/Alexandria Town Talk reports.

More Abortion Restrictions Head to La. Gov.
The Louisiana House on Thursday passed a bill (HB 1262) that would require women seeking abortions to be given a pamphlet on the potential impact of the procedure, human trafficking and the illegality of coerced abortions, the AP/Alexandria Town Talk reports.

La. Gov. Expected To Sign Admitting Privileges Bill
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is expected this week to sign into law a bill (HB 388) that will require abortion providers in the state to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters reports.

La. Senate Advances Mandatory Counseling Measure
The Louisiana Senate voted 30-4 to pass a measure (HB 1262) that would require women seeking abortions to be given written materials on the potential impact of the procedure, as well as information on human trafficking, abuse and the illegality of coerced abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

La. Senate Advances Bill Restricting Sex Education
The Louisiana Senate in a 31-5 vote on Tuesday passed a bill (HB 305) that would prohibit people who work for abortion providers from distributing health education materials in schools, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

La. Senate Advances Bill Restricting Pregnant Women's End-of-Life Care
The Louisiana Senate approved in a 36-2 vote a bill (HB 348) that would require health care providers to maintain medical care for pregnant women who are brain dead until birth if an obstetrician determines that a woman's body "can reasonably be maintained in such a way as to permit the continuing development and live birth of the unborn child," the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Featured Blogs
"Repro Wrap: Here a Clinic, There a Clinic, Soon Nowhere a Clinic, and Other News," (Marty, Care2, 5/23); "Louisiana Committee Passes Bill That Would Keep Pregnant Women on Mechanical Support Against Their Wishes," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 5/23).

Featured Blog
"Louisiana's War on Women: The 5 Worst Attacks on Reproductive Rights Launched This Year," (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 5/22).

La. House Rejects Teen Sex Survey Bill
The Louisiana House on Monday voted 55-38 to reject a bill (HB 393) that would have allowed questions on teen sexual health and behavior to be added back into an existing federal youth survey, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

La. Admitting Privileges Bill Passes Senate
The Louisiana Senate on Wednesday approved a bill (HB 388) that would require physicians who provide abortion services to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

NYT Editorial: Blocking Abortion Access is Real Aim of State Laws
"[I]n state after state, with the enthusiastic support of Republican lawmakers, it has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for women to get safe and legal abortion care," a New York Times editorial states.

La. Admitting Privileges, Medication Abortion Bill Clears Hurdle
A Louisiana Senate committee on Wednesday approved a measure (HB 388) that would require physicians who provide abortion services to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their offices, the Shreveport Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Mississippi's Lone Abortion Clinic Goes to Court Today," (Dusenbery, Feministing, 4/28); "Louisiana Committee Passes Bill Preventing Removal of Mechanical Support From Pregnant Women," (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 4/25).

La. Bill Mandating Care for Brain-Dead Pregnant Women Advances
A Louisiana House committee on Wednesday advanced legislation (HB 348) that would require health care providers to continue medical support for pregnant women who are brain dead in order to maintain their bodies' functions until birth, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

La. House Advances Pre-Abortion Information Bill
The Louisiana House on Monday passed a bill (HB 1262) that would require abortion providers to give women seeking abortions written materials on supposed negative psychological effects of abortion, as well as information on human trafficking and coercion, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

La. House Panel Advance Sex Education, Abortion Bills
A Louisiana House panel on Wednesday advanced two measures, including a bill (HB 305) that would bar certain groups from distributing sex education materials in schools and another (HB 1262) that would require women to review written information before an abortion, the New Orleans Advocate reports.

Featured Blog: 'AL HB31: Where Saving a Woman's Life Becomes a Question of Conscience'
An Alabama bill "would allow the entire hospital staff, including but not limited to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, counselors, and social workers, to refuse to provide medical care in situations that would 'violate their conscience,'" Feministe reports.

La. House Approves Measure Regulating Surrogacy
The Louisiana House in a 79-14 vote on Tuesday approved a bill (HB 187) that would regulate surrogacy contracts between married couples and women who bear their children, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

La. House Approves Admitting Privileges, Abortion Reporting Bill
The Louisiana House on Monday passed a bill (HB 388) that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles, among other regulations, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Featured Blogs
"A Mississippi Teen is Facing Life in Prison for Using Cocaine During Her Pregnancy" (Dusenbery, Feministing, 3/19), "One City's 6 Month Quest To Take Its Sidewalks Back from Anti-Abortion Protesters" (Marty, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 3/19) and "Louisiana House Committee Passes Admitting Privileges Bill" (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 3/20).

La. Bill Would Increase Abortion Licensing, Reporting Requirements
Both opponents and supporters of a Louisiana bill (HB 388) that would increase abortion restrictions say misinformation is circulating about what the bill would do, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

No Indication of Wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood in La., Audit Finds
There is no evidence that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast improperly billed Medicaid or recommended abortions in Louisiana, according to a state legislative auditor's review, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Featured Blog
"Louisiana Health Officials 'Rescind' Abortion Rules Hours Before Hearing" (Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check, 2/4).

Abortion-Rights Groups Praise Decision on La. Clinic Rules, Worry About Future Changes
Abortion-rights supporters on Tuesday rallied outside the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to voice their thoughts on the state's plans to revise abortion clinic regulations, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Featured Blogs
"AL HB31: Where Saving a Woman's Life Becomes a Question of Conscience" (Caperton, Feministe, 1/31) and "Repro Wrap: So Many TRAPs, so few Clinics and Other News" (Marty, Care2, 1/31).

Complex Health Dept. Regulations Threaten La. Abortion Clinics
New Louisiana rules for abortion clinics could make it difficult for any of the state's five clinics to stay open, abortion-rights supporters say, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Featured Blogs
"Texas Judge Rules Brain Dead Pregnant Woman Must Be Taken Off Life Support" (Robin Marty, Care2, 1/24), "Bill Regulating Certified Professional Midwives Needs a Push" (Judy Norsigian, Our Bodies Ourselves' "Our Bodies, Our Blog" 1/27) and "New Law Could Force All of Louisiana's Abortion Clinics To Close" (Zoe Carpenter, The Nation, 1/27).

La. Appeals Court Reverses Ruling Against Abortion Provider, Says State Lacked Authority To Fine Clinics
A Louisiana appeals court has thrown out fines levied against a New Orleans abortion provider, ruling that the state's health agency lacked the legal authority to impose the penalties, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

National Journal: How 20-Week Bans Force Women To Carry Dying Fetuses
National Journal examined how 20-week abortion bans affect couples who are told their fetus will not survive or will be born with severe mental or physical problems.

Appeals Court Upholds La. Abortion Malpractice Law
A federal appeals court has reversed some parts of a lower court ruling that struck down a 1997 Louisiana law (R.S. 9:2800.12) that allowed lawsuits against abortion providers to proceed without a prior review process, the Louisiana Record reports.

La. Gov. Jindal Signs Bill To Further Restrict Abortion Access
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Friday signed into law an antiabortion bill (SB 90) that places new restrictions on abortion access, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

La. Gov. Jindal Signs Bill Making 'Coerced Abortion' of a Minor Equal to Child Abuse
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Friday signed into law an antiabortion bill (HB 278) that makes "coerced abotion" of a minor equal to child abuse, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

La. Senate Advances Bill Restricting Medication Abortions
The Louisiana Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a bill (SB 90) that would add new restrictions on medication abortions, AP/The Oklahoman reports.

La. House Panel Passes Measures Targeting Planned Parenthood
A Louisiana House panel on Tuesday endorsed a resolution (HR 105) that would suspend Planned Parenthood funding, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

La. House Panel Passes Measures Targeting Medication Abortion
A Louisiana House panel on Tuesday endorsed a bill (SB 90) that would restrict medication abortions, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

La. House Advances Bill Defining Coercing of Minor's Abortion as Child Abuse
The Louisiana House on Monday unanimously approved a measure (HB 278) that would define coercing a minor into an abortion as an act of child abuse, the Houma Courier reports.

La. House Bill Would Categorize Coercing Minor's Abortion as Abuse
A Louisiana House committee on Wednesday approved a measure (HB 278) that would add coercing a minor into an abortion to a list of acts that constitute child abuse, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

La. Senate Advances Bill Requiring Physician's Presence During Medication Abortions
The Louisiana Senate on Monday voted 32-2 to advance a bill (SB 90) that would ban the use of telemedicine during the provision of medication abortions, AP/KSLA reports.

Planned Parenthood Criticizes La. Bill That Would Restrict Telemedicine, Medication Abortion
A Louisiana bill (SB 90) that would restrict medication abortion access is unnecessary and inaccurately implies that the method is unsafe, according to Planned Parenthood officials, Healthcare IT News reports.

La. Senate Panel Passes Bill Requiring Doctors To Be Present for Medication Abortions
A Louisiana Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a bill (SB 90) that would prohibit the use of telemedicine during medication abortion care, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Kansas Lawmakers Send Governor Sweeping Abortion Bill Declaring Life Begins 'at Fertilization'
Kansas lawmakers late Friday granted final passage to sweeping antiabortion legislation (HB 2253) that would ban certain abortions, penalize entities associated with abortion providers and define life as beginning "at fertilization," The Hill's "Blog Briefing Room" reports.

Bills To Ban Abortion Gain Prominence Among State Conservatives
In a shift from past decades, abortion-rights opponents have increasingly focused on state legislation banning abortion after certain points in pregnancy, ABC News reports.

States in 2012 Passed Second-Highest Number of Abortion Restrictions Ever, Guttmacher Finds
States passed 43 abortion restrictions in 2012, a "sharp decrease" from 2011 but nonetheless the "second-highest number" enacted in a single year, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.

Texas Gov. Perry Calls for 20-Week Abortion Ban; New Suits Filed Over Women's Health Program
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Tuesday voiced his support for legislation that would ban abortion in the state after 20 weeks of gestation, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Ind. Lawmakers Weigh Restrictions on Medication Abortion Providers
Indiana legislators are considering rewriting the definition of an abortion clinic to include facilities that offer medication abortion, the AP/South Bend Tribune reports.

Most State 'Fetal Pain' Bills Yet To Face Court Challenges
Several states have enacted abortion bans later in pregnancy based on the disputed theory that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks of gestation, but only one has been challenged in court, Politico reports.

La. Abortion Laws Take Effect
Two laws took effect on Aug. 1 that place further restrictions on abortion care in Louisiana, WRKF reports

Report Notes 40 Laws Enacted in 15 States That Could Hinder Women's Access to Abortion Care, Reproductive Health Service
U.S. women increasingly face barriers to obtaining reproductive health services as states continue to pass laws restricting access, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Center for Reproductive Rights, Reuters reports.

High Number of State Abortion Restrictions Marked by Increased Focus on 'Fetal Pain' Bills
The number of state-level abortion restrictions is approaching record-setting levels again this year, a fact that some abortion-rights opponents attribute to their increased focus on so-called "fetal pain" legislation, Stateline/Kaiser Health News reports.

La. Gov. Jindal Signs Longer Waiting Period, Fetal Heartbeat Bills Into Law
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday signed into law two bills that place further restrictions on abortion care in the state, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

La. House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban
The Louisiana House on Friday unanimously approved a bill (SB 766) that would prohibit abortion beyond 20 weeks after fertilization, Reuters/Columbus Republic reports.

La. Senate Rejects Amendment on Midwife Licensing
The Louisian Senate on Thursday rejected an amendment (HFA 4910) on licensing for midwives that was offered as part of a bill (SB 320) on health care providers, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

La. Senate Approves Bill Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks
The Louisiana Senate on Tuesday voted 35-0 to approve a bill (SB 766) that would make it a crime to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the premise that a fetus can feel pain after that stage, WAFB reports.

La. Committees Advance Abortion Restrictions, Ask Congress To Defund Planned Parenthood
Committees in the Louisiana Senate and House on Wednesday approved various bills that would increase restrictions on abortion care and oppose funding of Planned Parenthood, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

La. House Panel Rejects Sex Education Bill Again But Approves Student Survey
A Louisiana House committee on Tuesday voted 9-9 to reject for the second time a bill (HB 820) that would mandate the teaching of sex education courses at public schools, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

La. Sex Education Bill Fails in House Committee, Might Be Reconsidered
A Louisiana House committee on Wednesday voted 8-8 to reject a bill (HB 820) that would mandate sex education courses at public schools, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

La. House Resolution Calls for End to Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood
The Louisiana House on Monday voted 61-25 to approve a resolution (HCR 11) urging Congress to end federal funding to Planned Parenthood, the Houma Courier reports.

Federal Judge Rules La. Abortion Liability Law Unconstitutional
A federal judge on March 1 struck down a 1997 Louisiana law (R.S. 9:2800.12) that allowed lawsuits to proceed against abortion providers without first undergoing a review process required for cases against other types of doctors, the AP/NECN reports.

La. Gov. Signs Bill Requiring Abortion Clinic Signs, Website on Alternatives
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Wednesday signed a bill (HB 636) into law that requires the state to make information about abortion and pregnancy options available online and mandates that clinics post signs stating, among other things, that it is illegal to force a woman to have an abortion, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Louisiana | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health in Louisiana.

Choice, Inc. of Texas v. Greenstein
Federal court challenge to Louisiana law that expands the state’s authority to suspend or revoke the licenses of outpatient abortion facilities, thus restricting access to care for Louisiana women.

Hope Medical Group for Women v. LeBlanc
Challenge in federal court to a Louisiana law that exposes abortion providers to legal liability and exempts them from medical malpractice suit restrictions.

June Medical Services, LLC v. Caldwell
Federal court challenge to a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the provider performs abortion care.

Mahoney v. Kliebert
State court case against the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals demanding access to mandatory reports detailing each pregnancy termination performed in the state.

Hope Medical Group for Women v. Keck
Challenge to actions by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals ordering an immediate suspension and seeking permanent revocation of the clinic's operating license under a new state law.

Prudhome v. June Medical Services, LLC
Challenge in state court to a Louisiana law that exposes abortion providers to legal liability and exempts them from medical malpractice suit restrictions.