IN THIS ISSUE...
From Our Director
Anyone ever told you that life does not begin at conception? Or perhaps that we "just don't know?"
 
Next time you hear that, keep this in mind: Embryology textbooks for medical students clearly state that human development begins at fertilization.
 
This again is the case in the recently published 10th Edition of "The Developing Human" textbook. The first line of Chapter 2 bears this out: "Human development begins at fertilization when a sperm fuses with an oocyte to form a single cell, the zygote. This highly specialized... cell ... marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual." 

If fertilization marks the start of an individual, what does abortion do? It marks the end.
 
The pro-life position is scientifically sound. Never let anyone tell you otherwise!  
 
For a Pro-Life Louisiana,
Benjamin Clapper

P.S. Did you hear about Trump's offer to Planned Parenthood? Their response showed, once again, it is all about abortion for them.  
PULSE Weekend

STUDENTS:
PULSE Covington is Around the Corner! 

Registration is open for the next PULSE Immersion Weekend, set for April 28-30 at Camp Abbey in Covington!
 
Join us for this fun-filled  educational weekend, where high school and college students will be trained to be the pro-life leaders of today. Students will hear engaging speakers and testimonies, be educated on pro-life issues and be inspired to make a difference in their schools and communities. 
 
Cost is $60 per person.

Click Here to Register!   
Promote Pro-Life!

Yard Signs Available!

 
Drop by the New Orleans office of Louisiana Right to Life to grab a sign to put in your yard and promote the pro-life message! There are only a very limited number of signs available, so if you want one, be sure to act quickly. Yard signs are available at no cost, but donations to Louisiana Right to Life are always accepted! Stay tuned in 2017 as we have a much larger yard sign campaign to come! 
Save these Dates!
Mark Your Calendars for These Events!

 
Louisiana Right to Life will host a diaper drive in New Orleans to benefit local families in need Wednesday, April 19 through Tuesday, April 25. Watch for more details coming soon!

Plan to join us on May 11 for Pro-Life Day at the Capitol. Mark your calendar and plan to spend time with us as well as your legislators talking about pro-life issues in Louisiana!
Auction Items Needed

Can You Help Us
Secure Auction Items?


Do you have an item or service you would like to donate to the Bowties for Babies Silent Auction, to be held May 11 in Baton Rouge?

Click here to download an auction donation form or contact Sandy Cunningham at sandy@
prolifelouisiana.org or 866.463.5433 for more information.   
40 Days for Life
Shreveport-Bossier Group Saving Babies!

The spring 40 Days for Life Campaign continues through April 9 in Shreveport-Bossier, and the local group has recorded three saves so far outside the Bossier abortion facility!

According to campaign chairman Chris Davis, the group now has 102 saves save since it began sidewalk counseling.

To get involved or to keep up with the campaign's progress visit the group's Facebook page by clicking here
Special Elections

Where Do the Candidates Stand
on Life Issues?


Special elections are set this spring for three vacant House seats and one vacant Senate seat.
 
On March 25, elections will be held for the House of Representative seats in District 8, District 42, and District 92. On April 29, an election will be held for the District 2 Senate seat.

Candidates in each of the House races were asked to complete Louisiana Right to Life's Legislative Questionnaire. Senate candidates will be asked to do so once qualifying ends Friday.
 
 
Early voting for the March 25 election ends Saturday. If necessary, run off elections will be held April 29.
 
The Senate District 2 seat was vacated last month when Sen. Troy Brown of Napoleonville resigned. If a runoff is necessary in that race, it will be held May 27.
 
Early voting for the May 27 election is
April 15- 22.
BRavely Defending Life!
Clelie and Charles Carpenter

Carpenters Become Pro-Life Leaders in Baton Rouge
Defending Life Class is March 25

Charles and Clelie Carpenter were doing outreach work around Baton Rouge five years ago when someone brought up the Delta abortion facility. The couple drove by, and their path was set.
 
"When we drove by 40 Days for Life was going on, so we stopped and found out what they were doing. We hadn't heard of it before," said Clelie, who immediately signed up their church, Bethany, for a day of prayer.
 
Charles and Clelie didn't stop there. They became pro-life leaders in the community, leading prayer vigils, hosting sidewalk counseling classes and leading their own Defending Life class. They also now serve on the Baton Rouge Right to Life Board of Directors and are 40 Days for Life Outreach Coordinators.
 
Clelie, an abortion survivor herself, said she never felt she had to make amends for God to forgive her, but when she got involved in the pro-life movement she found she had a unique perspective to offer.
 
"I started doing sidewalk counseling and got really excited about it," she said. But it was during those early days of praying and counseling outside the clinic that the couple realized something was missing.
 
"We began to realize we needed to be able to talk to the women who have HIV, or who are victims of incest, and we didn't have a good answer to fall back on," she said.
 
So they researched and found the "Making Abortion Unthinkable" series, which answered their questions. They showed the videos at Bethany, then combined information from the series with other research and developed their own Defending Life class, which they have led several times a year for the past three years for interested community members.
 
"It strengthens our sidewalk counseling," Clelie said. "It gives answers. Most Christians don't really know how to defend life in tough situations."
 
Their work has led others from Bethany to get involved in sidewalk counseling and prayer sessions, and members of other churches have joined in as well.
 
For three years that group of prayer warriors went to the abortion facility on the first Saturday of each month to pray. The group then switched locations, and for the past two years they've prayed outside the State Capitol every first Saturday from 10-11 a.m. They pray for mothers, unborn babies, legislators, pro-life legislation, and more.
 
"Our dream is to get churches involved, even if it is just a quiet presence," Clelie said. "We feel good about what we've been doing."
 
There is no doubt about. These two warriors are BRavely defending life in Baton Rouge!

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The next Defending Life class is Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethany Church "First Steps Room," 11107 Honore Lane, Baton Rouge. There is no cost for the class, and lunch will be provided. Contact Clelie at cleliecarpenter1@gmail.com or 225.954.4875 to reserve your spot. Please join the Carpenters to become a more effective presenter of the pro-life message!

 
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If you are interested in bringing a presentation or workshop on pro-life persuasion to your community, contact us today!
Leadership for Life Awards
Leadership for Life Award Winners to be Recognized
at Bowties for Babies

 
The 2017 Leadership for Life Award winners have been named, and they will be honored at Bowties for Babies: A Southern Soiree for Life on May 11 at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge.



BEN NEVERS
TOM WILLMOTT

This year's Louisiana Right to Life Leadership for Life Awards will be given at the event to two men who are leaving their public service careers in Baton Rouge to return to service in their hometowns. Former Sen. Ben Nevers and former Rep. Tom Wilmott, both in their own way and style, were outspoken leaders for the life at the State Capitol.

Nevers, from Bogalusa, served as a State Representative from 2000-2004 and a State Senator from 2004- 2016. He strongly supported pro-life bills while he served, and in 2006, he authored the "Trigger Law" that declared, upon the overturning of Roe v. Wade, all unborn babies will be protected under Louisiana law.

Upon leaving the Senate, Nevers served as the Chief of Staff for Gov. John Bel Edwards and spearheaded pro-life policies under the new administration. He recently retired as Chief of Staff to spend more time with his family and in service to his church.

Willmott, of Kenner, both a registered nurse and an attorney, served as State Representative from 2008-2016. During his service, Willmott championed the expansion and promotion of Louisiana's Safe Haven Law, authoring at least eight laws and resolutions aimed at making the Safe Haven law more effective in saving lives. Willmott also authored the 2016 "Compassionate Burial Options Act," empowering parents with the clear right to be able to bury miscarried babies. He recently left the State Legislature after being elected to Kenner's City Council in 2016.

Louisiana Right to Life is proud to honor these two men as leaders in the protection of human life during their careers at the State Capitol, and we hope you will join us at Bowties for Babies as they are recognized for their service.

This year's fifth annual event is being chaired Charlie and Ellen Davis and Jeff and Bridget Dunbar and will feature live New Orleans jazz by Bean 'N the Boys, good food and fellowship, a silent auction, the awards presentation and more. All proceeds benefit Louisiana Right to Life's Advertise for Life project, which uses targeted online advertising to connect women in crisis pregnancies to a pregnancy center that can help them choose life.

Will you join us as a Bowties for Babies Patron so we can continue to reach these women? You can get more information on the event and sign up to be a patron or buy event tickets by clicking the link below.

Upcoming Events
March 25:
April 19-25:
April 28-30:  
May 11: 
Pro-Life Day at the Capitol
Bowties for Babies
May 13:
Black Advocates for Life Men's Breakfast in New Orleans
June 5-9:

Pulse Leadership Institute 
January 20, 2018:
Life March South
January 27, 2018:
Life March North
February 3, 2018:
Louisiana Right to Life
ProLifeLouisiana.org     1.866.463.5433    @LARightToLife

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