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May 31, 2018 / Press Releases

NARAL: By Signing Abortion Ban, Governor John Bel Edwards Puts Louisiana Women At Far Greater Risk

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2018
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Yesterday, Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana signed into law a cruel and unconstitutional abortion ban. In response, NARAL Pro-Choice America National Communications Director Kaylie Hanson Long issued the following statement:

“This law is cruel, unnecessary and unconstitutional. This shameful action by the governor will put women in Louisiana at far greater risk. Louisiana is already one of the states where abortion access is most severely restricted, and this law will be a significant step towards cutting women off from care completely. While we are disappointed by the governor’s action, NARAL will continue mobilizing our members in Louisiana to demand that their legislators and Democratic governor stop pandering to anti-choice extremists and their fringe base. Louisiana women and families deserve better.”

This law is similar to unconstitutional abortion bans introduced in the U.S. Congress last year, including a bill to ban abortion at six weeks, before many women even know they are pregnant. It is part of a growing, concerning national trend aimed at undermining or overturning Roe v. Wade, and making abortion care less accessible overall.


NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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