[The] continuing resolution would cut by 10 percent the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC, which serves 9.6 million low-income women, new mothers, and infants each month, and has been linked in studies to higher birth weight and lower infant mortality.
“In Louisiana, we already have limited resources for women,” said Lauren Vice, a UL visual arts student and one of the protest coordinators. “We want to introduce to the town that this exists, a group of people in a conservative area who believe in choice. We want our autonomy protected. It’s ridiculous that we have to walk around town carrying glittery signs to ask for adequate health care. But I do like glitter.”
The group decided against widely publicizing the local march beforehand — essentially because organizers weren’t sure of the kind of feedback they would face in their hometown.
“A lot of women who wanted to come couldn’t because they couldn’t find a baby sitter for their children,” Vice said. “They were afraid to bring their children because of the response [the protest] might bring.”
What started with a little more than 15 people grew slightly during their trek from Girard Park to downtown Parc Sans Souci, taking in two additional stragglers who joined the “Keep your Boehner off my body” signs along the way.
“Activism isn’t something we see here,” said Lauren Hebert, 27, an online student of library science at the University of Arizona. “It’s easy to feel isolated here.
ABC News reported on its website that Planned Parenthood already is banned from using federal dollars to fund abortions. The money the House voted to take away is used by Planned Parenthood for “family planning, birth control, medical and preventive services.”
The Planned Parenthood budget amendment is awaiting a vote in the Senate.
Read more on the Planned Parenthood funding cuts and other measures in the bill here.
Thursday’s explosion aboard an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico is now under investigation by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
Money from the first and only settlement so far in a Louisiana flood board's lawsuit against dozens of energy companies will be placed in a special account dedicated to coastal restoration.
BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The 59-41 Senate vote was one shy short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure.
Spot bonuses to employees who go above and beyond on projects one of several reasons national mag calls BR-based biz bank a cool place to work.
The Director Search Committee interviewed the five men still in the running via video last week and is set to trim the field this week.
Telecom’s decision to halt deployment to more than 100 cities while it awaits net-neutrality rules appears to be little more than a temper tantrum.
Environmental (and political) junkies got a double fix when The Lens hosted a discussion between its environmental writer and the lead attorney in the levee board suit.
Follow The IND to hear Lens environmental reporter Bob Marshall's interview with Gladstone Jones, the lead attorney in the lawsuit against the oil and gas companies for coastal damages.
The $35B deal leaves the burning question about what it will mean for the thousands of these two service giants' local employees.
Broussard & David set up shop at the corner of Jefferson and Vermilion.
in light of falling oil prices, Forbes asks, “Will there be more?”
Lake Charles lets Acadiana companies in on the action as our neighbor to the west prepares for unprecedented growth.
A new study analyzes the state of the Lake Charles region and the impact 19 industrial projects will have on residents.
A U.S. magistrate judge calls “garbage” on behavior of attorneys for Progressive Waste Solutions.
The Lafayette food truck scene is slowing down but not stopping.
Lake-area financial institutions seeing green.
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Who was hired and promoted in Acadiana business?
Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns are driving innovation in Louisiana.
The boom is coming, and McNeese is ready for it.
It’s time for Lafayette and Lake Charles to embrace “coopertition.”
We can make Acadiana — in reality and reputation — the best place in the South for a great career in an idyllic family environment.
Lake Charles’ technical community college wasted no time developing programs to prepare the area’s workforce.
With the help of WISE grant funding, SLCC is poised to help meet the region’s exploding demand for skilled workers.