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Louisiana Reproductive Rights Advocate Mandie Landry Seeks to Make Women’s Issues Centerpiece of Louisiana State Senate Bid | New

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As a reproductive rights advocate and educator, Landry’s concerns for Louisiana women only grew up as representatives of the state. When the state senator who represented her region abruptly resigned earlier this year, her supporters convinced her to seek the top seat. Alongside him in making that decision are women, new parents, health care providers, litigators, and state unions.

NEW ORLEANS, June 29, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Successive Governors of Louisiana since 2004, have prepared for all abortion clinics to be banned in the state if Roe v. Wade is overturned, and recent legislation signed by the current governor John Bel Edwards appears to expand this prohibition to include IUDs and other forms of birth control.

Only one voice opposing these efforts is the State Representative Mandie Landrywho from the start of her campaign in a small downtown New Orleans neighborhood has established herself as the new voice of the state’s reproductive rights movement.

In taking on this role, she was the subject of local Republican fundraising campaigns for the majority of her colleagues, but the small lawyer is used to being singled out from the right, since she represented one of the clinics in state abortion, clinical IVF, as well as people seeking an abortion. Before his election, Louisiana never elected a person who had these powers to an office of the state.

As a reproductive rights advocate and educator, her concerns for Louisiana women only grew up in office, and so when the state senator who represented her region abruptly resigned earlier this year, her supporters convinced her to seek the top seat.

Alongside him in making that decision are women, new parents, health care providers, litigators, and state unions.

“The extreme measures taken in Louisiana to prohibit abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, are dangerous to the health and well-being of women in this state,” Rep. Landry said. “The growing and dangerous attack on reproductive rights makes it more important than ever to elect strong, knowledgeable advocates, especially since our reproductive rights have been lost in state houses – and they will only be regained. in state houses.”

“Women will undoubtedly be arrested in states like Louisiana with trigger laws, and I will never stop fighting because one day the tide will turn – and we have to be ready to spring into action quickly,” she said.

Rep. Landry was an effective advocate for women in the state. Thanks to its legislation, Louisiana became the first state in the nation to expand Medicaid for new mothers from 60 days to one year. Louisiana has one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the country. This new provision will provide immediate care to approximately 14,000 new mothers and result in a $20 million increased investment in maternal health care in the state.

She also passed laws prohibiting the use of seclusion for teenage girls and pregnant women, or anyone who has just given birth; allow young pregnant students and parents to stay in public high schools to obtain their diploma; and created a refundable tax credit for burial expenses for women who died from pregnancy complications. Its legislation also ensures that victims and witnesses of abuse aged 17 enjoy the same legal protections as all other minors.

“I look forward to my election as a state senator in November,” said Rep. Landry, who will find out on 22nd of July who else will compete with her for the seat. “A strong, pro-choice woman has held this seat since the turn of this century and I intend to continue to honor her.”

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