From Our Director
Greetings from Milwaukee!

Together with team members Alexandra Seghers and Krista Corbello, I am in Milwaukee this week for the National Right to Life Convention. In addition to giving presentations at the convention, the three of us are learning the most current pro-life information and resources to bring back to Louisiana (as I write, Gov.Scott Walker is speaking).

David Daleiden
Alex Seghers and Krista Corbello with David Daleiden

Yesterday we heard from David Daleiden, the courageous man who orchestrated the undercover videos about Planned Parenthood's baby parts trafficking business. David's heroic work inspires us that we must continue to expose PP in Louisiana.

We hope that you have a great 4th of July!
For a Pro-Life Louisiana,
Benjamin Clapper
P.S. We're happy that abortion dropped by 4% between 2015 and 2016! We still have work to do to save all babies, but we can celebrate that more lives were saved in 2016! See article below for more info.
Lou Shows Up!
Lou Poodreaux and LARTL at Steubenville Conferences 
Thanks to our intern Ashlen Sandoz and college volunteers Joy Jason and Rebekah
Johnson for taking Lou Poodreaux (our 10-foot inflatable baby) to the Steubenville South Youth Conference in Alexandria to share the pro-life message with hundreds of students. Our team was at Steubenville on the Bayou in the Houma area weeks before.
If you are interested in having Lou Poodreaux at your pro-life event, contact us today at!
PULSE Update
What Are Our PULSE Teams Doing?

PULSE teams are a way to unite high school and college student representatives from different churches and schools who want to further their pro-life education, participate in more community activism and fellowship with other pro-life students.

* The New Orleans PULSE Team recently heard a presentation on Human Trafficking, given by Loyola Students for Life President Alex Lucas. Human trafficking is a huge problem around the world, including here in New Orleans. The NOLA team's next meeting is  July 10.

* The Northshore PULSE Team will hold its first meeting and get-together July 6 with a picnic at the Columbia Street Landing in downtown Covington. For details email Ashlen Sandoz at ashlen@

* Ashlen, who is president of the Nicholls State University Students for Life group and a summer intern at Louisiana Right to Life, is also starting a Houma-Thibodaux PULSE team this month. If you are interested, email her at ashlen@
St. Landry Event



2 Being Honored 
at St. Landry Dinner

Louisiana Black Advocates for Life will host a "Dinner for Life" from 6-8:30 p.m. July 18 at Arpeggio's Restaurant and Event Center, 204 N. Main St., Opelousas.

Opelousas Police Chief Donald Thompson and Bambi Polotzola, founder of St. Landry Abilities and director of the Governor's Office of Disability Affairs, will be honored.

A complimentary dinner will be served, but you should RSVP to
* Kathy Allen 
337-290-9595 or kathy@ m
* Letitia Peyton 
337-308-9120 or

NOLA Event

NOLA East Dinner 
for Life Planned

New Orleans Right to Life and Louisiana Black Advocates for Life will host a "Dinner for Life" from 5:30 - 7 p.m. July 29 at the St. Maria Goretti Parish Hall, 7300 Crowder Blvd., New Orleans.

Dinner is $5 per person, and it's first-come, first-served.

Watch Actress Jennifer O'Neill's Story!
Group from CENLA Produce Powerful Pro-Life Videos
Video Project Called "Project Abortion: The Untold Story" 

By Sandy Cunningham 
LARTL Communications Director

A team of of Central Louisiana pro-lifers have teamed up to produce a series of pro-life documentary segments called "Project Abortion: The Untold Story," and their most recent video focuses on actress Jennifer O'Neill. 
Peter John Lemoine, Wilbur Gutierrez and Dr. David Spence, with the help of Fr. Dan Cook and videographer and editor Spencer Lemoine, have produced an introduction and three segments of the documentary so far.
The idea for the documentary came about after a men's prayer group meeting at Lemoine's home in Cottonport in January 2016. Cook was speaking to the group, and near the end of the meeting he began to talk about abortion. Lemoine and Gutierrez were so touched by Cook's passion they decided to take action.
"God calls us to pursue causes far greater than ourselves," Lemoine said. "Abortion is the greatest humanitarian crisis of our generation, and only through education, advocacy, and compassion can we bring an end to this issue."
Gutierrez noted that Norma McCorvey, better known as Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, was born in Simmesport, about 10 miles from Lemoine's home.
"The roots of the national debate were born right here in Central Louisiana," he said. "If it began here, it can end here."
Once they decided what platform they would use to get their message out, they chose to make several short segments instead of one lengthy film. Initially, they released two videos.

Recently a third segment was released featuring internationally acclaimed actress and model Jennifer O'Neill, who has a long list of credits to her name and possibly is best known for her role as Dorothy in the classic film "Summer of '42" and her three decades as a CoverGirl model. In the "Project Abortion" video O'Neill discusses the abortion she had and her post-abortion healing.

The videos have already been seen by tens of thousands of people and are being disseminated by pro-life organizations across the nation, including Priests for Life. Lemoine said that because O'Neill agreed to work with the group and tell her story, the videos will reach an even larger audience.
"Project Abortion: The Untold Story" can be viewed by clicking the links below:

Please share these videos with everyone you know!
2016: Fewer Babies Aborted!

Louisiana Abortion Rate Drops 4% in 2016

The number of abortions in Louisiana decreased by 4 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to preliminary figures provided to Louisiana Right to Life recently by the Department of Health.

It was the second straight year we saw a decline in the number of unborn babies killed by abortion in our state.

There were 8,972 abortions performed in Louisiana in 2016, down from 9,362 abortions reported in 2015 and 10,211 abortions reported in 2014. The number of abortions performed in the state had increased steadily from 2008-2014 as population numbers returned to pre-Katrina levels.

Even though abortion numbers are going down, there are still, on average, 25 abortions performed each day in Louisiana. Louisiana Right to Life will continue working hard to reduce these numbers until every baby is saved.

Parish by parish abortion figures have not yet been released.

  • There were 8,972 abortions performed. That means there were, on average, 25 abortions per day.
  • Women categorized as "non-white" accounted for 70% of abortions performed.
  • 85% of women who had abortions were unmarried.
  • Nearly 70% of babies were aborted within eight weeks of pregnancy.
  • 34 girls under 15 had abortions, and another 811 were between 15-19.

Upcoming Events

July 18:

St. Landry Dinner for Life
July 29:
Sept. 27 - Nov. 5:
Nov. 2:
January 20, 2018:
Life March South
January 27, 2018:
Life March North
February 3, 2018:
Life March Central
April 17, 2018:
Louisiana Right to Life     1.866.463.5433    @LARightToLife

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