Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson is a reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator. She has covered the Legislature and state government extensively for the LSU Manship News Service and The Reveille, where she was named editor in chief for summer 2022.

State board to Louisiana doctors on abortion: Talk to a lawyer

By: - July 28, 2022

The Louisiana State Medical board has advised the state's physicians to consult with a lawyer on what abortion care is legal (Julie O'Donoghue/Louisiana Illuminator)

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Judge denies AG Landry’s request to let abortion ban to go into effect pending appeal

By: - July 26, 2022

A Baton Rouge judge has denied Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s request to have the state’s abortion ban go into effect pending his appeal of last week’s loss in court, meaning that abortion will stay legal in Louisiana – for now.  Judge Don Johnson of the 19th Judicial District Court granted abortion providers a preliminary […]

Louisiana’s higher ed tenure task force slow to materialize

By: - July 26, 2022

With less than a week before it is required to meet for the first time, just half of the required slots on a legislative panel reviewing tenure for college professors have been filled.  The Task Force for Tenure in Higher Education will study tenure policies at Louisiana’s colleges and universities and recommend any changes it […]

Livingston library board member’s ‘inappropriate’ book list draws vocal opposition

By: - July 20, 2022

LIVINGSTON – The public notice read “book content,” nothing more. Spurred by word of mouth and social media, dozens of people piled into a small room in a Livingston Parish library Tuesday night to fight back against a public official concerned about LGBTQ content for young readers.  Erin Sandefur, a member of the Livingston Parish […]

Volunteer escorts gather outside Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge

Restraining order blocking Louisiana abortion ban to stay in place, judge decides

By: - July 19, 2022

A state district judge in Baton Rouge will keep a temporary restraining order in effect while the court considers whether Louisiana’s abortion ban is legal. Judge Donald Johnson issued his ruling Tuesday that prevents Attorney General Jeff Landry and the state health department from enforcing the state’s abortion prohibition. The judge extended the temporary restraining […]

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Ruling on Louisiana abortion ban expected as early as Tuesday

By: - July 18, 2022

State District Judge Don Johnson declined Monday to rule in the lawsuit challenging Louisiana's abortion ban

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UPDATED: Ruling on Louisiana abortion ban expected as soon as Tuesday

By: - July 18, 2022

State District Judge Don Johnson heard arguments Monday in the lawsuit challenging Louisiana’s abortion ban. He directed the parties involved to submit “proposed judgments” for him to consider. A temporary restraining order preventing the ban from being enforced will remain in effect pending Johnson’s decision. Johnson granted attorneys for the defendants, Attorney General Jeff Landry […]

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LSU names vice president for inclusion, civil rights and Title IX

By: - July 13, 2022

LSU has named Todd Manuel as its first-ever permanent administrator for inclusion, civil rights and Title IX. “We are pleased to welcome Todd Manuel to the LSU leadership team,” LSU President William Tate IV said in a statement. “He has a strong background in diversity, equity and inclusion, along with a legal knowledge to understand […]

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Louisiana abortion ban blocked once again by judge pending Monday hearing

By: - July 12, 2022

Louisiana officials have once again been restrained from enforcing the state’s stringent abortion ban, this time by a state judge in Baton Rouge. Judge Don Johnson issued the temporary restraining order Tuesday in 19th Judicial District Court, prohibiting Attorney General Jeff Landry and Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Courtney Phillips from enforcing the state’s abortion […]

Clergy who back abortion rights prepare for new role

By: - July 11, 2022

Anti-abortion protestors toting Christian iconography outside an abortion clinic are a common sight. While they garner a lot of attention, their vocal stance is far from the only religious view on abortion. Clergy with a pro-abortion rights stance want to remedy that.  Rabbi Sarah Smiley, who leads the United Jewish Congregation of Baton Rouge, said […]

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Louisiana abortion ban in effect after judge moves case

By: - July 8, 2022

NEW ORLEANS — A Orleans Parish judge has removed a temporary order blocking Louisiana’s ban on nearly all abortions from taking effect while moving a lawsuit that challenges the state’s abortion law to Baton Rouge. Judge Ethel Julien’s decision effectively closes the three clinics in Louisiana that provide abortion services. Facilities in Baton Rouge, New […]

New Orleans protest over Supreme Court overturning abortion ruling

Doctors spell out their opposition to Louisiana’s abortion law

By: - July 6, 2022

More than a dozen Louisiana physicians, including the former leader of the state health department under Gov. John Bel Edwards, have filed sworn affidavits in support of the preliminary injunction that would block Louisiana’s strict abortion laws from going into effect.  The physicians detailed their concerns that the trigger laws would lead to significant increase […]