In 2023, Louisiana had the highest pregnancy mortality rate in the nation. This particularly affects pregnant patients of color, who have long suffered some of the nations highest rates not only of pregnancy mortality, but also pregnancy complications and unnecessary caesarean sections. All this has been worsened by the Dobbs decision and the triggering of abortion bans in Louisiana. To avoid the appearance of abortion in case of miscarriage, pregnant people are being told to come in later for pregnancy care and being subjected to major surgery instead of routine care in the event of emergencies. All of this means that the pregnant people in Louisiana are now at even greater risk of encountering medical emergencies related to pregnancy that EMTALA is intended to address. EMTALA care must include pregnancy care our lives are on the line in Louisiana. M. Christian Green, president, LWV of Louisiana
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