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A protester attends a June 24, 2022, rally in Lansing, Michigan

AROUND THE U.S.: Leaders react, mobilize in states in wake of Supreme Court decision

BY: - June 26, 2022

Reaction was swift across the U.S. Friday as the U.S. Supreme Court erased nearly 50 years of abortion law. Here is look at reports from states as reported by independent newsrooms affiliated with Louisiana Illuminator through the States Newsroom network: Arizona Republicans cheer Supreme Court ruling on abortion, Democrats express outrage Reaction in Arizona to the U.S. […]

Nurse and clinic director Kristina Hernandez

Pandemonium, then silence: Inside a Texas abortion clinic after the fall of Roe

BY: - June 26, 2022

SAN ANTONIO — On Friday morning, a nurse at Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services in San Antonio ushered a patient into an exam room. She gave her a gown, told her the doctor would be in shortly and stepped back out of the room into a changed world. “I saw the other nurses standing in the […]

New Orleans protest over Supreme Court overturning abortion ruling

Hundreds rally in New Orleans in support of abortion rights: ‘Indescribable anger’

BY: - June 25, 2022

NEW ORLEANS — It was 96 degrees at sunset as an abortion rights rally approached its second hour.  Sweat dripped from everyone in the crowd, the warm breeze not much of a reprieve. Rally signs, bearing messages such as “Make Abortion Great Again” and “We Won’t Go Back,” had long been repurposed into makeshift fans.  […]

Baton Rouge residents speak out against Louisiana abortion ban

BY: - June 24, 2022

Ten years ago, Jennifer McMorris, a Louisiana resident from Mobile, Alabama, was pressured by her boyfriend at the time to drink until she blacked out. “I just remember passing out and waking up in the morning and thinking, ‘Why am I naked?’” she said. “Six weeks later, after he had been deployed, I was pregnant […]

Abortion rights activists react to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling in front of the U.S. Supreme Court

What Louisiana elected officials are saying about abortion after the Supreme Court’s ruling

BY: - June 24, 2022

Elected officials have weighed in with their opinions Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the right to an abortion, and paved the way for a new statewide ban on the procedure in Louisiana. Here is some of what they had to say: Gov. John Bel Edwards, Democrat: “I […]

Louisiana governor discusses solar and wind at U.N. climate conference

Louisiana Governor has COVID-19

BY: - June 24, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards tested positive for COVID-19 Friday, the day after he returned from a five-day trip to a Louisiana trial lawyers conference in California, according to his office. Edwards is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received recommended boosters. He has no symptoms but plans to isolate for five days as the U.S. […]

Louisiana bans abortion after Supreme Court ruling

BY: and - June 24, 2022

Louisiana automatically banned almost all abortion in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its landmark Roe v. Wade decision Friday morning. The state’s three abortion clinics – in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Shreveport – stopped administering abortions within hours of the court’s decision. “We are suspending performing abortions as we decide our […]

Louisiana attempts to crack down on problem cops

Despite push from conservatives, veto session unlikely according to House leadership

BY: and - June 23, 2022

While the Louisiana Conservative Caucus is pushing for a veto override session, Republicans who lead the House of Representatives don’t think it’s likely.  The caucus put out a statement Thursday on Facebook calling for a veto override session. The group, made up of 42 of the most vocal Republicans in the House, targeted their ire […]

Adopted people in Louisiana will soon have access to birth certificates

Adopted people in Louisiana will soon have access to birth certificates

BY: - June 23, 2022

Adopted people born in Louisiana will soon be able to obtain copies of their original birth certificates when they reach age 24 thanks to new legislation Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law. House Bill 450, sponsored by Rep. Charles Owen, R-Rosepine, received overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers of the Legislature, though Owen […]

Louisiana enacts new law to protect police whistleblowers

Louisiana enacts new law to protect police whistleblowers

BY: - June 23, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a bill to protect police whistleblowers from retaliation. House Bill 745, by Rep. Kyle Green, D-Marrero, received unanimous support in both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature. The proposal underwent amendments that weakened it from its original version.  Louisiana attempts to crack down on problem cops The final […]

Shreveport abortion clinic

In Louisiana, an abortion clinic anxiously waits for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling

BY: and - June 23, 2022

SHREVEPORT – On a Thursday morning in mid-June, every parking space in the Hope Medical Group for Women parking lot was claimed by a car with either a Louisiana or Texas license plate. A brown fence surrounding the abortion clinic provides some privacy, obscuring the faces of people going in and out of the building. […]

prescription bottle stuffed with cash

Deep inside the gun bill: a break for drug middlemen

BY: - June 23, 2022

Many Americans across the political spectrum are clamoring for federal action on guns in the wake of a mass shooting at an Uvalde, Texas, elementary school, a Buffalo, N.Y., grocery store and hundreds of other places. But buried in a bipartisan compromise hashed out by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday is an unrelated provision they […]