Coalition of Local Reproductive Justice Advocates Supports Abortion Ban Resolution
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- A group consisting of BYP100 - New Orleans, Women with a Vision, New Orleans Abortion Fund, New Orleans Peoples' Assembly, New Orleans Workers Group and New Orleans Hospitality Workers Alliance show up to City Hall in support of the Moreno and Williams drafted resolution denouncing the 6-week abortion ban that Gov. John Bel Edwards signed last week.
“The six week ban on abortion and the other five abortion restrictions advanced this legislative session represent a coordinated effort to undermine the right to reproductive autonomy. We at the New Orleans Abortion Fund see the impacts of such legislation every day through the lived experiences of our clients, and we reject the efforts of anti-choice politicians to control our bodies and our lives. We commend the New Orleans City Council for advancing this resolution, and we demand that our elected leaders take further actions to advance true reproductive justice in our community,” says Steffani Bangel, Volunteer and Outreach Manager for the New Orleans Abortion Fund.
In addition to showing support of the resolution, the group plans to continue efforts to show solidarity with everyone who advocates reproductive justice across Louisiana.
“We know the dangers this ban will bring and that limiting people’s choice regarding their reproductive health will cause harm and put lives at risk. Eliminating access to safe and regulated abortion does not prevent people from having abortions, it ensures that more people take risky measures to secure basic healthcare. This resolution from Moreno and Williams is a nod to everyone who believes we deserve better. People are angry, we’re going to take this momentum and fight for bodily autonomy and other rights on the local, state and federal level,” says Katrina L. Rogers, member of the New Orleans chapter of BYP100.
The group continues to advocate their list of demands released during last month’s protest that shutdown the intersection of St. Charles and Poydras. These demands include a call for comprehensive sexual education and contraception access without barriers to access, a state minimum wage of $15, abolishment of the money bail system and housing and food security for poor people. Attached is the list of demands.
Date: June 6th, 2019