If you missed it, the last 10 days were full of activity on the policy front for Louisiana Right to Life.
DHH Secretary Appointment
Since that information was released, we met with Gov. John Bel Edwards, Chief of Staff Ben Nevers, and Dr. Gee at their request. Gov. Edwards reiterated his pro-life position and gave his commitment that Dr. Gee and his administration would govern in a manner that reflects his pro-life values.
We appreciate Gov. Edwards for reaching out to us and sharing this welcome information. As we have stated before, it is our intention to work with Gov. Edwards to protect life in Louisiana.
Louisiana Right to Life remains committed to analyzing all relevant appointments and policy decisions of all elected and appointed officials to ensure Louisiana continues to defend innocent human life. It is our duty as an organization to fulfill that commitment.
The Speaker of the House
and the State Senate
|Rep. Taylor Barras and Ben Clapper
Rep. Taylor Barras was elected Speaker of the House in an unprecedented move last Monday. Our team was present to witness it. We believed it was important for the Speaker of the House to have a pro-life voting record, and Rep. Barras has a 100 percent pro-life voting record with Louisiana Right to Life. We look forward to working with him and are awaiting his decision on appointments to the House Health and Welfare Committee. We greatly appreciate the courageous actions of Rep. Cameron Henry and are thankful that Rep. Walt Leger reached out to us during the campaign.
On the Senate side, we were happy to learn that pro-life Rep. Fred Mills (R- Parks) was named Chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. We look forward to working closely with him and his committee over the next four years.
igns on St. Charles
Last Monday I spoke with Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and he informed me that our banners on St. Charles Avenue would remain up until our permitted expiration date on Jan. 31. The city announced it is suspending further applications for streetlight banners while officials consider revisions to their policy.
The "controversy" sparked by these banners was welcome news for us, as numerous articles and television stories included photos of the banners. Our hope is that the beautiful photo of the 19-week unborn baby girl on the banners reminded citizens that unborn babies are not just a blob of tissue. They are innocent human beings who deserve a shot at life just like humans who are already born.
We appreciate all the action that you took on these items above. Without your voice, the pro-life movement would not have been heard on these issues. Let's continue to remain vigilant as we progress forward to protect human life.
- Update Provided by Benjamin Clapper