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Co-founder of an advocacy group for the health and wellbeing of women says the inability to have an abortion in Louisiana will have rippling effects. Brooke Thorington has more

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Lt. Governor Bill Nungesser is in Alaska for the annual meeting of the Aerospace States Association. More on that from Kevin Gallagher…:

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For the past 45 years, Louisiana adults over the age of 24 have been denied access to their original birth certificates, but that ends on Aug. 1. David Grubb has the story…

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The co-founder of Lift Louisiana, an advocacy group for the health and wellbeing of women, says the reversal of Roe vs Wade will heavily impact those who don’t have the means to travel to states that permit abortions. And Michelle Erenberg says state lawmakers have done nothing to assist those individuals either.

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Erenberg says without access to safe and legal abortions in Louisiana the state will see more women and children living in poverty.

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She believes it will only worsen the state’s maternal mortality rate which is already third in the nation and lead to an increase in deaths among Black women who already suffer from pregnancy related complication four times greater than white women.

Despite the ruling Erenberg says Lift Louisiana will continue to fight for abortion access and support those who may be criminalized for self-managing their own abortions and those who help people seek abortions.

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For more information visit LiftLouisiana.org

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Walmart employees who receive medical coverage in Louisiana now have access to doula services. Doula Program Lead for Walmart Nancy Jester says last year they launched a pilot program in Georgia and due to its success, they’ve expanded the benefit in three other states including Louisiana.

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Doulas provide continuous emotional, physical, and informational support to mothers before, during, and after childbirth. Jester says mothers who have used the program give it positive reviews.

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Louisiana is second in the nation behind Mississippi for the highest infant mortality rate.

Jester says Walmart is absolutely committed to helping their associates have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies and believes providing such a service will recruit future employees..

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In addition to Louisiana, doula services for Walmart associates are also available in Indiana and Illinois.

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Lt. Governor Bill Nungesser is in Alaska for the annual meeting of the Aerospace States Association. Fifteen states with connections to the aerospace industry are represented at the conference, starting today at the Pacific Space Port Complex on Kodiak Island. Members of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness are also there and Nungesser says he was one of only handful of state Lt. Governors invited…:

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The Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans is Louisiana’s contribution to the aerospace industry. Nungesser says conference attendees will discuss workforce development, public-private partnerships in aerospace and optimal uses of aerospace facilities, and how they can be applied to other endeavors…:

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Nungesser says discussions will also include weather & climate, wildfire fighting technology and more…plus a keynote address from NASA astronaut Harrison Schmitt. He says information exchanged should go well beyond rockets and space exploration…:

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The conference starts today runs through Wednesday.

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Governor John Bel Edwards has signed House Bill 450 into law, which will allow adopted people in the state to obtain copies of their original birth certificates once they reach the age of 24. The legislation was sponsored by Rosepine Representative Charles Owen, and after lots of discussions, it passed through both houses overwhelmingly…

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Since 1977, state law had required an adopted person to get an attorney, appear before a judge, and then justify the reason for needing their birth certificate. Owen says the barriers for any individual to find out about themselves were just something he had to attempt to take down.

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Owen says it was an incredibly difficult decision, considering the opposition he faced from groups who argued the bill would discourage women from giving babies up for adoption. To him, the legislation is about fairness and he has gotten tremendous feedback from those who now have an answer to the question, “where do I come from?”

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Under previous law, adopted people were the only Louisiana residents denied the right to access their original birth certificates. The new law goes into effect on Aug. 1.

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LSU’s Myles Brennan was one of several college quarterbacks at this weekend’s Manning Passing Academy on the campus of Nicholls State in Thibodaux. Brennan is preparing for sixth season at LSU and says he never thought his college career would take the winding road that it has…

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When preseason camp starts in August, Brennan will battle with Arizona State transfer Jayden Daniels and redshirt freshman Garrett Nussmeier to be the starter in 2022. Brennan has big goals for his final season at LSU…

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Brennan admits it has been a big transition from the Ed Orgeron coaching staff to new head coach Brian Kelly…

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The nation’s top high school football recruit for the Class 2023, Newman quarterback Arch Manning, ended speculation on his college choice when he committed to Texas last week. His uncle, Peyton Manning, gave his nephew some advice…

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Arch Manning announced his verbal commitment with a six-word Tweet on Twitter. Peyton Manning liked how Arch publicized his commitment…

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