Target: Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana
Goal: Protect women’s health by stopping legislation that restricts safe access to abortions
Recently, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana signed two pieces of legislation that seriously impact public health in southern areas of the state. The bills likely spell the end of the only abortion clinics in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, significantly changing the likelihood of safe abortions for women who cannot support the children they are carrying. Signing these bills into law does not ensure that women will stop having abortions. Instead, this legislation forces women to adopt more dangerous, life threatening abortion methods.
The two pieces of legislation have been called “pro-life legislation,” favoring those who are against women taking the lives of their unborn children. Though the exact requirements are vague, the first of the two bills will require unattainable rules for abortion doctors to follow. This will likely put abortion clinics in the area out of business. The second new law will prohibit abortion doctors or other officials, such as Planned Parenthood, from distributing sexual education to public or charter schools. This would include important health information, such as caution about disease or other knowledge.
Jindal insists that this new legislation will protect the lives of women and children. In reality, this new legislation will likely force women to utilize back-alley methods and dangerous abortion drugs, which are already circulating in New Orleans. If a woman does not want her unborn child, a law which inhibits safe clinics from successfully performing their job will not magically stop her from aborting her child. She will likely find another way to abort her child, or of ridding herself of it as soon as it is born. Ignoring these likely outcomes by pushing pro-life beliefs on clinics and mothers is inappropriate and dangerous. These pieces of legislation do not protect women and children; in fact, they endanger them further. Sign this petition to urge Jindal to reconsider these dangerous new laws.
Dear Governor Jindal,
You recently signed House Bill 388 and House Bill 305 into law, in the hopes that these new regulations will protect women and their unborn children. With all due respect, the bills’ proposed outcomes are largely off base. The reality of this legislation is profoundly dangerous, unfair, and will likely put the southern cities of Louisiana in a bigger predicament than they currently face.
The black market will cater to abortions more heavily with this due legislation. Dangerous abortion drugs already circulate the streets of New Orleans; these new laws will only cause their presence to become more widespread. Women will not opt out of abortion, but will instead find any means necessary to ensure their babies are not carried to term or will instead dispose of them upon being born. Assuming all women will simply not have abortions is unrealistic.
Forcing rules upon abortion clinics with the knowledge that these rules are unattainable is unjust. Not allowing Planned Parenthood and other organizations to speak to school-age children about safe sex is unjust. Mr. Jindal, your actions have recently been incredibly biased, religious-driven, and monetarily based. These are all characteristics of abuse of power. I strongly urge you to reconsider your stance on the issue of abortion; you are not helping these women, you are making their decisions much more dangerous.
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