I was honored to speak to the faithful pro-life warriors at the St. Landry March for Life in Opelousas on Saturday. This dedicated team, led by Jeri and John Miller, has been at it for 30 years now. We are blessed to have them!
During my remarks I shared that we should never forget the sheer impact of abortion. From 1973-2015, 485,003 abortions were performed in Louisiana. That's roughly the equivalent of the COMBINED populations of Lafayette, St. Landry, Acadia, Vermilion, AND St. Mary parishes. These babies were never able to savor the joys and blessings of life and Louisiana.
As I write this today, on the day we remember the life and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr., I remember his famous quote, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."
I believe we will see the end of abortion in our nation. Let's hope, pray, and act to see that arc bend to justice for the unborn sooner rather than later.
For a Pro-Life Louisiana,
P.S. In addition to the Life Marches in Louisiana, LARTL team member Ryan Verret is headed to the inauguration this week to represent the Louisiana pro-life movement. Next week, a number of us will be in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life and our "Geaux Forth" event. Please pray for success and NO blizzards! If you will be in D.C. for the March for Life, contact us so we can meet up and march together!
Memorial for the Unborn in NOLA
A Memorial for the Unborn Prayer Service will be held in New Orleans Friday, Jan. 20, from 2-2:30 p.m. at St. Patrick No. 3 Cemetery, 202 City Park Ave. near Canal Boulevard.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond will preside. All are welcome.
Sen. Vitter to Be Honored at Proudly
The 18th annual Proudly Pro-Life Dinner sponsored by New Orleans Right to Life is Thursday at Chateau Country Club in Kenner, and it's not to late for you to get a ticket.
This year's recipient of the Proudly Pro-Life Award is Sen. David Vitter. From his days in the Louisiana House of Representatives to his time in the U.S. Senate, Vitter has been a champion for life. As a U.S. Senator, Vitter authored numerous pieces of pro-life legislation, helped secure funding for pro-life service agencies, and fought to advance the culture of life. Without question, Sen. David Vitter has been a proudly pro-life public servant.
ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS!
2017's first PULSE Immersion Weekend is less than a month away, and a new college track has been added!
Join us Feb. 10-12 at the Tracy Center in Baton Rouge, 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.
Northlake CPC Shows Off Its New Home
Northlake Crisis Pregnancy Center in Covington held an open house to celebrate the grand opening of its new location Sunday. A large number of people from the community attended and toured the facility, located at 19348 N. 4th St. off U.S. Highway 190.
The 8,000-square-foot building includes large counseling and group study areas, video rooms, separate waiting areas for adults and adults with children, a large ultrasound room and large rooms filled with baby clothes, maternity clothes and baby supplies.
If you are on the Northshore and were unable to attend the open house but would like a tour of the facility, or if you would like more information about services or would like to volunteer, call 985.893.4281. The clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Church Hands Out Preaux Life Magnets
A big thank you to Susan Moreau and St. Patrick's Church in Baton Rouge who bought 200 Preaux Life magnets and passed them out for free at the church! Great idea, Susan!
If you would like to purchase magnets or bumper stickers in bulk to hand out at your church or event, contact us at 866.463.5433.
La. Ranks 3rd Among Most Pro-Life States
Americans United for Life has released its annual report about the most pro-life and pro-abortion states when it comes to passing pro-life legislation that protects women and unborn children, and Louisiana came in third.
Oklahoma retained the No. 1 position, and Kansas remained at No. 2. Arkansas was fourth and Arizona fifth, according to the report.
For the eighth year in a row, Washington was the state where women have the fewest pro-life legal protections, followed by California, Vermont, New Jersey, and Oregon.
Overall, 43 states considered more than 360 abortion-related measures in 2016.
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Join Us at a Life March and 'Protect Them Both'
1st of 3 marches is Saturday
"Protect Them Both" aren't just words on a T-shirt or banner. They are words every one of us should live by.
We should NEVER have to choose between the health, safety, and dignity of mothers and the rights of unborn babies. It is our duty to make sure our elected officials protect both the mother and the unborn baby by passing pro-life legislation, ensuring that funding for abortion alternatives remains in place, and making sure abortion facilities and abortionists adhere to the same basic and commonsense medical and safety standards for invasive surgery as everyone else.
Being "pro-life" means being BOTH pro-baby and pro-woman. Let's make sure the world knows that as we mark the 44th anniversary of legalized abortion in America this month.
Will you let your voice be heard and "Protect Them Both?" Will you march with us and take a stand for mothers and their unborn children? There are three Louisiana Life March (LLM) events around the state coming up, beginning this Saturday, and we hope you will do just that!
Life March South
Saturday, Jan. 21 in Baton Rouge
- The LLM South will begin at Galvez Plaza outside the Old State Capitol and proceed down N. 4th Street to the new State Capitol, where a program will take place.
- Speakers include state Rep. Katrina Jackson; the Rev. Joey Laird of The Church, Baton Rouge; Dorothy Wallis, Caring to Love Ministries; and Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Archdiocese of New Orleans, and music will be provided by the Bethany Praise Band.
Life March North:
Jan. 28 in Shreveport / Bossier
- The LLM North begins at Bossier City's Boardwalk, crosses the Texas Street Bridge and ends in Shreveport's Festival Plaza.
- Speakers include U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson; state Rep. Katrina Jackson; James McMenis; Leslie Duke; Greg and Kim Banks; Pastor Brad Jurkovich; Lane Moore; and Ryan Verret, and music will be provided by Word of God Church and Cypress Baptist Church.
Life March Central: Saturday,
Feb. 4 in Alexandria/Pineville
- The LLM Central begins at Louisiana College in Pineville, crosses the Jackson Street Bridge into Alexandria and ends at the Ampitheatre on the banks of the Red River.
- Speakers at the ampitheatre include Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Sancha Smith with Concerned Women of America; Bishop David Talley, Diocese of Alexandria; U.S. Congressman Ralph Albraham; Bro. Kevin Cox, Louisiana District of Pentecostals; Ryan Verret and Krista Corbello, Louisiana Right to Life; Mel Gauthier, Lily of the Valley Ministries; Hannah Terrebonne, Louisiana College Students for Life; and the Rev. Brian Gunter, pastor of First Baptist Church of Pollock.
Each march begins at 10 a.m., and programs should end around noon. We encourage you to arrive before 10 a.m. Life ministry mobilization areas will be set up at the end point of each march.
Our vision for all three events is to unite the pro-life people of Louisiana from across denominational lines and mobilize them to make a difference in their communities.
If you would like to request posters or flyers for your group, please contact our office at 1.866.463.5433 or email@example.com. We can even get you a
downloadable copy of the promotional video
Have you got your Life March T-shirt yet? Shirts will be available for sale at each march as long as supplies last, but you can order now and avoid the lines!
Corey Hicks Named Group's New Orleans Director
Rev. Corey Hicks, a native New Orleanian and a minister in the New Orleans area for 15 years, has joined the Louisiana Black Advocates for Life team as New Orleans Director.
Louisiana Black Advocates for Life (LABAL) began in 2014 under the auspices of Louisiana Right to Life
for the purpose of addressing the unacceptably high rate of abortion in the black community of Louisiana. The group's objectives are to provide information, identify challenges for women in crisis pregnancy situations, create links to community-based resources, and encourage the development of support networks that will empower women and men to make life-affirming choices for themselves and their unborn babies. LABAL's primary goal is to reduce, and ultimately end, abortion in the black community.
Corey, who grew up in the Lower Ninth Ward, graduated from St. Augustine High School then went to Xavier University to study engineering. But his career path changed, and he eventually received an associate's degree in Biblical Studies from the School of Urban Missions, where he was also on staff for a period, and a bachelor's degree in Missions from City Vision University.
For the past 15 years Corey has served in the ministry, working with youth in church settings as well as on school campuses through Youth for Christ/Campus Life Ministries. He also worked as a high school campus missionary with Next Generation, a cutting edge outreach to over 26 public high schools, and he led seven evangelistic clubs on six different campuses in the Greater New Orleans area. He is also involved in the music industry as an artist and CEO of Longevity Music, a Christian record label.
As LABAL's New Orleans Director, Corey brings a unique male perspective to the problem of abortion in the black community. In serving New Orleans in this role, he is advocating one of the top priorities on God's heart, to "have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance" (John 10:10).
Abortion is one piece to His puzzle of fulfilling His task at hand. On the other hand, Jesus has a goal of creating life and making that life full and overflowing in abundance. As the Black Advocates New Orleans Director, I get to help Jesus with Phase 1, which happens to be creating life before it is stolen, killed, and destroyed," said Corey, who has a huge heart for the city and is excited to be able to educate others that abortion is the most devastating blow being dealt to the black community.
To contact Corey, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504.239.8270.
To learn more about Louisiana Black Advocates for Life,
Kathy Allen, PhD, is state director of Louisiana Black Advocates for Life. Greg and Kim Banks coordinate the group's efforts in the Shreveport-Bossier area, and Loretha Green coordinates efforts in the Lake Charles area.