Family Planning

May 12, 2016
Both Louisiana and the nation have experienced declines in teen birth rates over the past decade, and Secretary Rebekah Gee of the Department of Health and Hospitals says that’s something to celebrate. Teen girls who become mothers are much less likely to complete high school. Teen fathers also see a decline in graduation rates.
April 25, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is encouraging enrollees of two of its Medicaid programs to update any out-of-date addresses to ensure their transition to full coverage benefits under expanded Medicaid when those services go live on July 1. Enrollees of the Take Charge Plus and Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection programs do not need to apply to enroll in the expanded Medicaid program and be eligible for full benefits, but address information must be current.
February 26, 2016
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans’ ruled on Wednesday, February 24 that a 2014 Louisiana law, known as Act 620, can now be enforced in Louisiana. Under that law, physicians providing abortions in the state of Louisiana must have admitting privileges to a hospital not more than 30 miles away from the location at which an abortion is performed or induced.
September 25, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Office of Public Health (OPH), Bureau of Family Health (BFH) is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for qualified proposers to conduct community based outreach and to develop culturally competent communications to support such outreach, build community linkages and communications, and provide professional development training to address MCH-related health disparities in underserved communities throughout Louisiana.
December 14, 2011
Louisiana law requires your doctor to tell you about the nature of the physical and emotional risks of both the abortion procedure and carrying a child to term. The doctor must tell you how long you have been pregnant and must give you a chance to ask questions and discuss your decision carefully and privately. This brochure offers some basic facts to help you make an informed decision about whether or not you want to have an abortion. The information will tell you about normal human embryonic and fetal development and about the methods and risks of abortions.
November 18, 2011
Please note that this list is accurate as of the day of publication as noted below. Anyone seeking a free ultrasound should verify with the facility whether they still perform free ultrasounds. If a patient voluntarily chooses to obtain a free ultrasound service, that ultrasound will likely be in addition to the ultrasound which is required by law for the purposes of determining viability and preserving the woman’s health, unless the free ultrasound is performed by the physician performing the abortion, the referring physician, or a qualified person working in conjunction with either physician.
April 29, 2011