First monkeypox case identified in Louisiana resident

BY: - July 7, 2022

State health officials reported Thursday the first case of a Louisiana resident who has contracted monkeypox, in addition to an out-of-state visitor who was diagnosed while in Louisiana. Some 15 to 20 people they potentially exposed to the virus are now being contacted, according the Louisiana Department of Health. State health officer Dr. Joseph Kanter […]

Women’s Pregnancy Options in Albuquerque

Legal organization warns of crisis centers preying on people seeking abortions

BY: - July 7, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — It’s a nice storefront sandwiched between an insurance office and massage parlor. Two double-sided signs on the sidewalk in front of the building off San Mateo in southeast  Albuquerque advertise free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. Their website has resources for social services, housing and adoption care.  One thing these places won’t […]

Lawmakers reluctant to regulate guns in Louisiana

BY: - July 7, 2022

While some states call for stricter laws on guns in response to a wave of mass shootings this year, Louisiana saw limited action from state lawmakers during the 2022 regular session.  The only legislation Louisiana lawmakers passed this year directly related to school shootings is a study resolution to look at the impacts of arming […]

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 […]

Shreveport abortion clinic

Louisiana OB-GYN residents train at an abortion clinic. Now where will they go?

BY: - June 30, 2022

Most obstetrics and gynecology medical residents in Louisiana train at a Shreveport abortion clinic. Now, it’s not clear where they will get that surgical instruction when most abortions likely become illegal in Louisiana and the clinic is shut down.  “We are looking to set up another opportunity for this training somewhere, whatever that is or […]

Gene Mills

After overturning Roe, what’s next for anti-abortion groups?

BY: - June 30, 2022

After 50 years of organizing from the bottom to the top of the ballot to put their preferred candidates in office, America’s anti-abortion movement has become the dog that caught the car: Roe v. Wade has been overturned.  While anti-abortion groups rejoiced at the news of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, allowing abortion bans in […]

Louisiana among states where abortion was declining before Supreme Court ruling

BY: - June 29, 2022

A recent survey from the Guttmacher Institute documented an 8% rise in the number of abortions performed in the U.S. from 2017 to 2020, reversing what had been a nearly three-decade decline in women opting to terminate their pregnancies. But a closer look at the findings, drawn from a comprehensive survey of every known facility […]

Volunteer escorts gather outside Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge abortion clinic resumes appointments, drawing the ire of protestors

BY: - June 28, 2022

Granted a brief reprieve from Louisiana’s strict abortion ban, Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge, one of three abortion clinics in the state, resumed providing abortions Tuesday.  Nearly a dozen clinic escorts, clad in rainbow striped vests, paced the parking lot outside the clinic. The small lot was flanked on either side by anti-abortion protestors.  Despite […]

An abortion rights supporter sits outside a New Orleans clinic

Louisiana abortion clinics resume services after judge temporarily blocks ban

BY: - June 27, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana’s three abortion clinics will resume providing services after a state judge temporarily lifted the state’s abortion ban Monday.  Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport and the Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge will start providing abortions again Tuesday, and Women’s Health Care Center in New Orleans will see patients for abortions […]

A pro-choice activist holds up a sign during a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in response to the leaked Supreme Court draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade May 3, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Louisiana abortion ban temporarily lifted by New Orleans judge

BY: - June 27, 2022

A state district judge in New Orleans on Monday temporarily lifted Louisiana’s abortion ban until July 8, when the court will consider a legal challenge to the ban from a Shreveport abortion clinic, the clinic’s administrator and a medical student abortion rights organization based at Tulane University. “Hoping to start procedures again tomorrow. We have […]

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 […]