2014 Legislative Session
A Statement from the New Orleans Abortion Fund
Bobby Jindal let down his constituents. This is not the first time that our governor has disappointed us. It is only the most recent time that his actions will lead to the deaths of Louisianans.
The New Orleans Abortion Fund is outraged that Jindal and Katrina Jackson, the Democratic representative who authored HB 388, had the audacity to celebrate its signing. This law is not a cause for celebration, it is a call to organize, mobilize, and fight back. HB 388 will close clinics, forcing our most desperate and vulnerable neighbors to back-alley abortions.
As Louisiana politicians, both Democrats like Katrina Jackson and Republicans like Bobby Jindal, continue their relentless attacks on the residents of our state, the New Orleans Abortion Fund calls on its supporters to speak for the one in three American women who have an abortion every year. We will continue to pressure legislators through the words, writing, and wallets of the silent majority.
Louisiana House Bill 388, introduced by Representative Katrina Jackson (D - Monroe), will require all abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic in which the abortion is performed. This bill echoes the recent restrictions that have closed numerous clinics in Texas.
In partnership with the other grassroots organizations in the newly-formed Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, NOAF will continue to advocate for abortion access in Louisiana in the face of these attacks.
HB 1274 prohibits termination of life-sustaining procedures if a person is pregnant. While these situations are extremely tragic, they are also extremely rare and do not warrant the passage of legislation.
This is a decision between a woman and her family in consultation with her physician. If the woman has signed a DNR order, then the hospital should use that order when determining medical care. If the woman has not signed a DNR, her family’s wishes should be used in determining medical care. Keeping someone who is pregnant on unwanted advanced life support is tremendously costly. Additionally, such situations are so rare that they are considered experimental. Women's bodies should not be experimented on in this manner without their full consent. These experiments harken back to a terrible time in our nation's history.
Parents are expected to make tremendous sacrifices for their children and do so willingly every day. In death, we owe women the respect of not overriding their medical wishes.
This bill wrongly puts the government in between a women and her family, her doctor, and her faith in the saddest and most extremely painful last moments of her life.
HB 1274 denies women of their civil and human rights by ignoring patient directives and depriving pregnant women of their status as constitutional persons.