Originally published as "In Post-Roe Louisiana, Things Go From Bad to Worse for Teens," Ms. Magazine, August 22, 2022.
Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, Louisiana’s trigger laws banning and criminalizing abortions—although currently contested—are in effect. These bans will have a deep and lasting impact on families across Louisiana, particularly among the most vulnerable—including teens, Black, low-income, and rural Louisianans.
When it comes to sexual and reproductive health, teens in Louisiana have racial disparities and some of the highest rates of STIs, pregnancies, and births in the country. Before Roe was overturned, teens already had limited access to abortion care in Louisiana, due to our numerous restrictions, including a parental consent law.