Women’s Rights

Mississippi court case could trigger abortion ban in Louisiana and across the U.S.

BY: - October 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — A six-week abortion ban in Texas enacted in September forced those seeking abortion services in the Lone Star State to look across state lines for care. But the timing couldn’t have been worse for Texans living near the state’s eastern border. The law took effect as neighboring Louisiana was reeling from the destruction […]

Culture changes around sexual misconduct at LSU will take time, advocates say

BY: - October 8, 2021

In April, LSU students told a committee of women lawmakers that “I have never felt safe on campus, even during the day.” Today, for women, nonbinary and transgender students at LSU feeling unsafe on campus is “definitely still an issue,” said Angelina Cantelli, president of Tigers Against Sexual Assault — a student-run organization at the […]

Louisiana activists still questioning why office for women’s health wasn’t created

BY: - October 7, 2021

With Louisiana sitting near the bottom nationally on health outcomes for women and children, activists are still seeking answers for why a bill to establish a Louisiana Office on Women’s Health stalled.  Alma Stewart, founder and president of the Louisiana Center for Health Equity, said she wants to know why House Bill 193 wasn’t heard […]

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Advocate for sexual assault survivors: Why is Louisiana cheering on Jameis Winston?

BY: - September 22, 2021

The woman who runs Louisiana’s largest service organization for sexual misconduct survivors is questioning why Louisiana residents feel comfortable cheering on New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston, who has been publicly accused of sexual assault by two women.  “We need to examine the cultural norms which allow someone like Jameis Winston to work for an […]

LSU basketball court name change sparks debate over gender equality

BY: - September 10, 2021

The LSU Board of Supervisors voted to name the basketball court in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center after former LSU men’s basketball coach Dale Brown, but only after an extended and heated debate over whether a woman coach should be given the honor instead. Mary Werner, a LSU Board member, pushed back on naming the […]

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Commentary: Five facts anti-abortion activists get wrong

BY: - September 9, 2021

Want to reduce abortions?  Great — but doing so doesn’t require unconstitutional abortion bans. Conversations on female reproductive biology have long been muted. The duct tape is often applied by religious and conservative sects that historically view even the most basic utterances of sexual education as lewd. The result? A fundamental lack of understanding of […]

Southeastern Louisiana University cuts funds to student newspaper to pay for Title IX staff

BY: - August 26, 2021

Southeastern Louisiana University is taking $150,000 from the school’s student newspaper and using it to pay for two additional staff members in the university’s Title IX office. The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors approved the shift in funding Thursday without discussion. Half of the university’s $12 student publication fee will now go toward […]

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Louisiana has three new abortion laws: Here’s what they do

BY: - July 6, 2021

Louisiana has three new laws aimed at restricting and deterring abortion. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who opposes abortion, announced last week he signed the measures. Here’s a rundown of what they do: Medical professionals will be required to suggest ‘abortion reversal’ may be possible  Act 483 — which will take effect Aug. 1 […]

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In this legislative session, Louisiana Republicans flipped the meaning of discrimination | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - June 11, 2021

During a committee meeting where he voted against legislation that sought to protect Louisiana’s LGBTQ renters from housing discrimination, Rep. Danny McCormick (R-Oil City) spoke firsthand about the discrimination he himself has been facing:  “Personally I don’t wear a mask, and I get discriminated against,” he said. In defense of what might be property managers’ […]

Rep. Malinda White pulls domestic abuse bill after she reportedly threatens colleague

BY: - June 10, 2021

One of the Louisiana Legislature’s most outspoken advocates for abused women withdrew her bill expanding the definition of domestic abuse a day after she reportedly threatened violence against a fellow lawmaker and had to be pulled away from an argument that occurred on the floor of the Louisiana House. “For the sake of the body, […]

Pink tax bill passes Louisiana Legislature

‘Pink tax’ exemption heads to Gov. Edwards for approval

BY: - June 10, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature passed the so-called “pink tax” exemption bill on Thursday, proposing a state sales tax exemption on feminine hygiene products and diapers. The bill heads to Gov. John Bel Edwards for consideration. The final passage of House Bill 7, authored by Rep. Aimee Freeman (D-New Orleans), marks a new step for pink tax […]

Louisiana Legislature declines to create Office of Women’s Health

BY: - June 9, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Health won’t get an Office of Women’s Health anytime soon. House Bill 193, introduced by Rep. Denise Marcelle (D-Baton Rouge), which would have created within the health department an office “responsible for leading, consolidating, and coordinating efforts across the state that are intended to improve women’s health outcomes” effectively died in […]