Health Care


Louisiana lawmakers scuttle most ‘pro-family’ tax credits proposed in wake of abortion ban

BY: - May 8, 2023

Louisiana lawmakers have quietly scuttled three of the four tax credits proposed to help pregnant people and adoptive parents in wake of the state’s strict abortion ban. A bill creating a tax deduction for parents who have miscarriages or are expected to give birth to a baby – referred to as the “unborn” child tax […]

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Committee rejects bill to shield pregnancy outcomes from lawsuits, criminal consequences

BY: - May 8, 2023

A Louisiana House committee voted down a bill Monday that would have protected patients and medical professionals from lawsuits and criminal consequences if a pregnancy doesn’t result in a live birth.  Opponents of House Bill 226 said it’s unnecessary because existing law already shields someone who is pregnant from being arrested for an abortion. The […]

From credit card restrictions to wastewater: What abortion foes have been up to since Dobbs leaked

BY: - May 3, 2023

Anti-abortion leaders could not stop paraphrasing Winston Churchill last June after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a victory that took 50 years to realize.  “While we celebrate the momentous ruling in Dobbs, we must remember that overturning Roe was not the beginning of the end, but it was the end of the […]

Community paramedic Jason Frye takes Linda Gwitt's pulse during a home visit in Gillette, Wyoming.

Community paramedics don’t wait for an emergency to visit rural patients at home

BY: - April 30, 2023

GILLETTE, Wyoming — Sandra Lane said she has been to the emergency room about eight times this year. The 62-year-old has had multiple falls, struggled with balance and tremors, and experienced severe swelling in her legs. A paramedic recently arrived at her doorstep again, but this time it wasn’t for an emergency. Jason Frye was […]

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Some could use support after abortion. But quality care can be hard to find.

BY: - April 29, 2023

Alex D. turned 23 on the day the U.S. Supreme Court released the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. She was visiting the Omaha Zoo in Nebraska on vacation, riding the chairlift over the rhino exhibit when she saw the news alert on her phone. She was also eight weeks pregnant and needed an abortion. […]

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Anti-abortion legal strategy revives Comstock moral purity laws of late 1800s

BY: - April 27, 2023

When officials in a small New Mexico city sued the governor and attorney general over their ordinance placing restrictions on abortion clinics earlier this month, they argued that a late 19th century federal anti-obscenity law superseded state law. In March, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law a measure prohibiting public entities from interfering with […]

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Louisiana House votes unanimously to weaken nursing home evacuation plan enforcement

BY: - April 25, 2023

The Louisiana House of Representatives voted 103-0 Tuesday to allow nursing homes to continue to operate even if their emergency preparedness and evacuation plans fail to meet state standards. House Bill 123 eliminates a provision added to state law just last year that forces the state to automatically shut down a nursing home if state […]


Louisiana’s proposed tax credit for anti-abortion pregnancy centers clears first hurdle

BY: - April 24, 2023

A proposed income tax credit for anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers — one that could cost the state as much as $5 million annually — cleared its first hurdle Monday in the Louisiana Legislature. Senate Bill 41, sponsored by Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, would allow individuals and corporations to claim an income tax break of up […]

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After SCOTUS ruling, disappointed abortion foes vow to keep attacking abortion pill

BY: - April 23, 2023

Though the U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked an effective ban on medication abortion, anti-abortion groups are not giving up on trying to fast-track a national abortion ban. And that means continuing to try to squash nationwide access to the most common form of abortion post-Roe, by whatever means necessary.   “Obviously, the pro life community […]

Women march for abortion rights in Washington, D.C., near the U.S. Capitol

Abortion-rights attorneys help patients and providers navigate legal chaos

BY: - April 22, 2023

These days Kylee Sunderlin is often the first person people will talk to about needing or wanting to terminate a pregnancy, even though she’s not a nurse or doctor or a loved one. She’s a lawyer.  This is Sunderlin’s third year overseeing a national hotline dedicated to helping people navigate legal questions around abortion in […]

Packages of Mifepristone tablets are displayed at a family planning clinic on April 13, 2023, in Rockville, Maryland.

Oregon announces it will stockpile abortion drug

BY: - April 22, 2023

Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek announced the state will secure a three-year supply of mifepristone, one of two drugs used to terminate a pregnancy and manage miscarriages, amid lawsuits and an expected U.S. Supreme Court ruling on access to the medication. “By challenging the FDA’s authority over mifepristone, the lower court decisions set an alarming precedent […]

A bag of hemp-derived gummies with THC.

Hemp industry fears THC proposal will stunt its growth

BY: - April 19, 2023

Some consider Louisiana a haven for legal cannabis in the Deep South, even though recreational marijuana remains off limits. But now that a fledgling industry has developed to meet growing demand for one particular type of product, businesses in the field fear they’ll be nipped in the bud by a proposal a state Senate committee […]