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Understanding Our Position on HB 813

Louisiana Right to Life has been working tirelessly to make abortion illegal and unthinkable for 52 YEARS! We have worked relentlessly to expose the violence of abortion but also to help abortion-vulnerable mothers.

In light of this, I want to tell you where we are in protecting life in Louisiana, but also to share our position on HB 813 that was debated at the Capitol last night.

We are finally on the precipice of what is likely the demise of Roe v. Wade and the restoration of the legal protection of unborn babies in Louisiana. 

Through your support and our work, we have prepared for this day to save babies and protect moms! Louisiana is ready to legally protect unborn babies when Roe is overturned.

Right now, we are advancing legislation at the State Capitol that will strengthen our pro-life laws:

  • The Reaffirmation of the Human Life Protection Act, SB 342 by Senator Katrina Jackson, puts our trigger law in our civil code into our criminal code, ensuring that those performing abortions after Roe v. Wade is overturned are held accountable with civil and criminal penalties.

  • Stopping the Sale of Illegal Abortion, SB 388 by Senator Sharon Hewitt, places criminal penalties on those illegally selling abortion drugs online or through the mail.

And, we are excited to announce, we have secured this session at least an additional $1,000,000 in government funding for alternatives to abortion, and we hope that increases before session ends!

Louisiana is poised to be an abortion-free state that protects unborn children and supports moms!

But during this important work, there has been one piece of legislation, HB 813, we did not support that has attracted national media attention. 

We want to make sure you understand our position on this legislation that we took in unity with a multitude of other pro-life state and national organizations, including Louisiana Family Forum, the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Right to Life, Susan B. Anthony List, Americans United for Life, and more.  

Put briefly, this confusing bill went against the America's government structure by claiming it could have Louisiana ignore the rulings of the Supreme Court and punish judges who do not disregard these rulings. In addition, it would criminalize women for murder rather than those performing the abortions.

Here are our three main reasons for opposing the bill:

  • UNNECESSARY TO STOP ABORTION: HB 813 was not necessary to protect babies from abortion in Louisiana. Louisiana already has a trigger law to protect life when Roe v Wade is overturned, which is expected this summer. This will give legal protection to unborn babies in Louisiana. 

  • FUTILE AND DIVISIVE: HB 813 called for Louisiana to completely subvert the U.S. Constitution. Like it or not, if HB 813 had been passed, it would have been stopped by a federal court on the grounds that a legislature cannot tell a court that their decisions are unconstitutional. This is Civics 101. This means that HB 813 would never have gone into effect. Combined with the fact that Gov. Edwards would never have signed HB 831 into law, HB 831 was a needless and futile distraction as we march towards the end of abortion. As Rep. Alan Seabaugh strongly said on the House floor last night, even if HB 813 had been passed, it would never have saved a single baby from abortion. While I do not question the intent of Rep. McCormick to protect life, HB 813 was an instrument of futile division.
  • CRIMINALIZE ABORTIONISTS, NOT WOMEN: Our longstanding policy is that we hold abortion businesses and those who perform, sell, or provide abortions with civil or criminal penalties, not abortion-vulnerable women. Women are victims of Roe v. Wade and an abortion industry seeking to profit from their difficult situation. Abortion is wrong, and healing and forgiveness must be offered to women AND men involved, but criminalizing them is not the answer.

If you would like to learn more, I have posted a more in-depth account of our position.

Our position has been met with attacks from proponents of HB 813 saying we are not pro-life or even Christian. This is incredibly unfortunate at a time when unity is critical. Instead, proponents of HB 813 have needlessly divided the pro-life movement and disparaged anyone who disagrees with their position.

Last night, we worked with pro-life legislators to completely replace HB 813 with an amendment by Rep. Alan Seabaugh that mirrors current Louisiana law to protect life and hold abortion businesses accountable instead of women. We don't expect HB 813 to receive further consideration this legislative session.
Thankfully, now that the distraction of HB 813 is in the rear-view mirror, we call for unity as we prepare for the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Let’s move forward for life to protect every child and support every mom.

For a Pro-Life Louisiana,
Benjamin Clapper
Executive Director

Watch LARTL Media Coverage of U.S. Supreme Court Leak
After the U.S. Supreme Court Opinion leak on May 2nd, Louisiana Right to Life has completed dozens of TV, radio, and phone interviews. We also hosted a United for Life Rally and celebrated that every single female Senator in Louisiana is pro-life. Watch some of the coverage by utilizing the links below:

May 26th: Post-Roe LA Summit Registration Deadline!
Join us on June 3rd and 4th in Baton Rouge for our Post-Roe Summit at Bethany Church. There will be workshops on addressing Post-Roe black market abortions, church ministry for mothers in crisis, and more! Download our flyer and register below. The deadline for registration is May 26th!
Take Action at the LA State Capitol!
Louisiana Right to Life is working on a variety of pro-life legislation at the State Capitol. Help us take action by contacting your legislator on these important bills:

Sarah Zagorski Featured in National Publications
LARTL Communications Director Sarah Zagorski was published in the Washington Examiner last week: Roe's Demise Historic for Women Hurt By Abortion, Like My Mother. She writes, "My birth mother’s pursuit of abortion haunted her for the remainder of her life, and my adoptive mother, too, shared with me her own story of abortion regret." Read more here.

Additionally, Sarah's contribution to Moody Publisher's Choose Life: Answering Key Claims of Abortion Defenders with Compassion, was released on Amazon. Her publication comes alongside Dr. Alveda King, Charlotte Pence, Amy Ford, Catherine Glenn Foster, and many other national pro-life leaders.
Please join us and New Orleans Catholics as we pray for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe. vs. Wade on Friday, June 10th at 6:30pm! We will unite at St. Dominic Church and hear from Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Fr. Ajani Gibson.
Louisiana Right to Life Youth Programs Director Ashley Gilliam shares her personal pro-life story and the impact she hopes to make for life among youth in Louisiana on our Blog: Young, Biracial, and Pro-Life.

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