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May 30, 2019 / Press Releases

NARAL Responds to Louisiana’s Unconstitutional Ban on Abortion

Louisiana state legislature turns its back on women and families

For Immediate Release: May 29, 2019
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After the Louisiana state legislature passed an unconstitutional abortion ban, which would outlaw abortion before many women know they are pregnant, NARAL Pro-Choice America Political Director Nicole Brener-Schmitz issued the following statement:

“Today, anti-choice politicians turned their backs on the women of Louisiana, who, now more than ever, need leaders who will fight for their reproductive freedom, not work to undermine it. The Louisiana state legislature is sending the message that Louisiana women shouldn’t have the ability to control their own futures and determine their own destinies.

“With Donald Trump and anti-choice Republicans launching an all-out assault on our most fundamental rights, Democrats have to show real leadership on reproductive freedom. If Governor John Bel Edwards signs this bill, he will be abandoning the the women of Louisiana while the country is watching. Women make up the heart and soul of the Democratic Party and our message is clear: reproductive freedom is not up for debate.”

Louisiana’s law is part of a new wave of extreme bans on abortion sweeping the country, restricting reproductive freedom and representing an all-out assault on abortion access. It comes on the heels of Alabama’s governor signing a total abortion ban into law, with no exceptions for rape or incest, and Georgia’s governor signing a bill that makes abortion illegal before many women even know they’re pregnant and that could throw doctors in jail and lead to women being investigated or prosecuted. Overall, thirty states have introduced, passed, or signed into law bans on abortion this year alone.

NARAL led a coalition of 80 partner organizations in a National Day of Action to Stop the Bans, which included over 500 events in all 50 states plus DC and Puerto Rico, and in which tens of thousands participat


NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked 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. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom. 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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