Last legislative session, Louisiana politicians passed a bill to introduce anti-abortion language to the Louisiana State Constitution. Known as Amendment 1, this ballot initiative passed in the 2020 presidential election.
The amendment will add the following to the Louisiana State Constitution: “To protect human life, nothing in present constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”
While Amendment 1 passed, it does not outlaw abortion in Louisiana. Right now, access remains the same. Abortion is still safe and legal in Louisiana. Abortion providers in Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans are still open, and Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast health centers are open to provide sexual and reproductive health care and resources and to connect Louisiana patients with abortion care.