Abortion rate in Louisiana decreases by 4%
Posted on 7/9/2017 2:35:00 PM.

Abortions in the Bayou State have decreased by 4% from 2015 to 2016, according to numbers by the state Department of Health. Ben Clapper with Louisiana Right to Life says this is the second year in a row that abortion numbers have dropped.
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Arguments over 2016 abortion laws heard in federal court
Posted on 6/16/2017 11:30:00 AM.

Arguments were heard today in a federal courtroom over state abortion laws passed last year. The Center for Reproductive Rights challenged the laws’ constitutionality, saying they violate women’s right to an abortion. Attorney Zoe Levine says they filed a motion to dismiss 7 laws that impede women’s access to safe and legal abortions.
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New Louisiana abortion laws facing a court challenge
Posted on 7/6/2016 2:07:00 AM.

Abortion providers in Louisiana have filed suit over seven abortion laws enacted this year. The Center for Reproductive Rights brought forward the federal suit to keep the rules from taking effect on August 1. But Deanna Wallace with Louisiana Right to Life says these laws are needed, because abortion doctors refuse to consider common sense protections for the safety of women.
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Abortions in Louisiana on the decline
Posted on 6/20/2016 2:09:00 AM.

The number of abortions that took place in 2015 fell 10-percent from the previous year. That’s based on numbers from the Louisiana Department of Health. Louisiana Right to Life spokesperson Ben Clapper says there were 9,300 abortions last year, a decrease of about a thousand from the previous year. He credits pregnancy resource centers for the decline.
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Pro-life and pro-choice advocates hold competing rallies
Posted on 6/2/2016 12:24:00 PM.

Pro-choice advocates protested outside the Governor’s Mansion, while pro-life supporters rallied on the steps of the Capitol today. Executive Director for the New Orleans Abortion Fund, Amy Irvin, says they are concerned about the anti-abortion legislation signed into law by the governor. She says these laws could cost the state money, as they may be unconstitutional.
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Gov Edwards signs legislation to ban common second-trimester abortion procedure
Posted on 6/1/2016 11:30:00 AM.

Governor Edwards signs into law a measure that prohibits a common second trimester abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation. Louisiana Right to Life Legislative Director, Deanna Wallace, says this legislation ends a brutal practice known as dismemberment abortion, where an abortionist tears body parts from a live, unborn child.
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Governor John Bel Edwards signs two pro-life bills into law
Posted on 5/20/2016 12:16:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards has signed two pro-life bills into law, one measure increases the wait time for a woman to receive an abortion to 72 hours and the second requires doctors performing abortions to be board certified.
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Bill that sets up legal framework for surrogacy moves closer to final passage
Posted on 5/11/2016 3:31:00 AM.

A bill that would set up a legal framework in Louisiana between parents and surrogate mothers now moves to the full Senate for final legislative passage. The proposed law would grant immediate custody of the child to the genetic parents rather than the surrogate mother. Norco Sen. Gary Smith says this measure will protect Louisiana families.
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5th Circuit Court ruling allows Louisiana to enforce abortion admitting privilege law
Posted on 2/25/2016 11:38:00 AM.

A three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that Louisiana can enforce a state law that requires doctors preforming abortions must have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles. Benjamin Clapper with Louisiana Right to Life says this legislation ensures that in an emergency the physician can take the proper steps to protect the health of the woman.
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Report: Abortions up in Louisiana, but down most other places
Posted on 6/9/2015 4:43:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
According to a new report, abortions in Louisiana have jumped in number since 2010, while nearly everywhere else they've gone down. But Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Ben Clapper says numbers of out of state women coming here to have an abortion are dramatically increasing.
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