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.
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.
The Louisiana Office of Public Health’s Maternal and Child Health Program is pleased to share the results of the 2010 Title V Needs Assessment. The Assessment is a requirement of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau and allows MCH stakeholders the opportunity to evaluate the needs of Louisiana’s women, infants and children.