If that sounds disturbingly familiar, it’s because it should. Like similar bills in Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi, Louisiana’s new TRAP-style law requires that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a local hospital. And, just like in those other southern states, its intended effect is to shut down clinics and, ultimately, “end abortion in our country.”
Texas’s law has already partially gone into effect — and this map shows the huge blow it’s dealt to abortion access in the Lone Star State — but the laws in Mississippi and Alabama are in various stages of being considered by the courts. Meanwhile, Oklahoma is considering its own bill. If all these laws went into effect, it’s not an exaggeration to say it would basically spell the end of safe, legal abortion access in the south.
Just take a look at this GIF from Planned Parenthood:
A woman in New Orleans would be nearly 300 miles from the nearest abortion clinic. As Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards said, “We are deeply concerned that women in a vast stretch of this country are in real danger of losing the ability to access legal abortion safely.”
Maya is an Executive Director of Feministing and a recent transplant to the south.