HCR 192 of the 2008 Regular Session directed the Louisiana Vital Records Registry to process and issue certified copies of vital records in a timely manner and to submit a report to the House and Senate committees on health and welfare.

This report describes vital events data reported on Louisiana’s Vital Event Certificates of Live Birth, Spontaneous Fetal Deaths, Induced Termination of Pregnancy, Death, Marriage, and Divorce. Data collected on these certificates are used to describe year 2008 status and trends by race, gender and age groups.