If you haven't heard, my home state is about to pass legislation that will close almost all of the abortion clinics in our state (just awaiting our dipshit governor's signature). I'm really depressed about it. I did everything I could think of - donated money, wrote representatives. But here we are.
They are using that bullshit "admitting privileges" restriction that has successfully shut down tons of clinics in other states. Historically, Louisiana has been relatively friendly to women on this front, and as stricter rules are passed in our neighboring states, we have managed to keep open a number of clinics.
I am upset for myself - I don't want a baby. But I am a steadily employed 29-year-old, with a steadily-employed fiancee, and health insurance. I could support a child if I had to (not that I should have to, but it wouldn't destroy my life). I also have the knowledge and resources to prevent pregnancy. This isn't near the catastrophe for me, that it will be for others.
Louisiana is a leader in poverty and teen pregnancy, and our public school system is an abysmal failure. The girls of this state don't stand a chance.
Our only hope is that the various lawsuits attacking similar laws around the country will make a difference. I am no legal scholar, but I wish the federal government could step in, right? Roe v. Wade is practically obsolete at this point.
I hate to do this, but "this is why the south is horrible/should secede/what do you expect from Louisiana/etc" and "why don't you just move" comments will not be tolerated on this post, because not only do they miss the entire point of the post (why don't I just move and leave those horrible poor women to deal with this?), they really strike a nerve with me.