For Immediate Release
May 30, 2019
EMILY’s List Condemns Louisiana’s Dangerous Abortion Ban
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, the Louisiana state legislature approved a dangerous abortion ban that would outlaw abortion as early as six weeks — before many women even know they are pregnant. Louisiana is the fifth state, following Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, and Georgia to pass such a ban this year. In response, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, released the following statement:
“This week, Louisiana became the latest state to launch an attack on women’s reproductive freedom by banning abortion after six weeks. While states across the country rush to pass these unconstitutional laws as part of a coordinated effort to overturn Roe v. Wade, the country is paying close attention, and voters continue to believe that women should make health care decisions without politicians interfering. Elections matter and EMILY’s List won’t stop fighting to put pro-choice Democratic women in state legislatures and governors’ offices across the country who will protect women and families. We must stop these bans.”
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILY’s List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 46,000 women have reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state and national offices.