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Reproductive rights are under attack in Louisiana.

Last legislative session, Louisiana politicians passed a bill to introduce anti-abortion language to the Louisiana State Constitution.

If passed, the amendment would 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.”

This constitutional amendment will appear on Louisiana ballots in the November 2020 presidential election.

Here's what you need to know.

This amendment is unnecessary. State and federal law already restrict both private insurance and Medicaid from covering abortion. Additionally, Louisiana passed a “trigger law” in 2006, meaning that if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned, abortion will automatically be banned in our state.

This amendment is harmful. All laws that restrict access to comprehensive and essential health care — including safe, legal abortion — represent harm done to Louisianans and infringe on people's personal freedoms.

This amendment is extreme. It includes no exceptions and will make it harder to protect our rights and fight future abortion restrictions.

Vote NO on 1.

The constitution should protect and affirm people's rights, not take them away. Our state’s constitution is too important to permanently change based on the extreme, anti-abortion agendas of some current politicians. We also know that politicians have no place in private health care decisions — and, no matter how you feel about abortion, politicians should not have any say in what you can or cannot do with your own body.

This amendment would harm all Louisianans, but it would most harm those who already face barriers to accessing health care: Black people and other communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community, people with low incomes, and young people. Access to health care, including abortion, should not depend on who you are, where you live, or how much money you make.

Louisiana does not need another unnecessary restriction on the right to abortion. Louisianans do need progressive policies to improve health and advance access to care access for all people.

This November 3, join us in voting NO on Amendment 1.

Paid for by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melaney Linton, President, 4636 S. Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70125, in opposition to Proposition 1.

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