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A core element of our mission is to empower our youth to be pro-life leaders. Check out Cody's article where he reflects on his time with us and the importance of youth education.

We encourage you to invite our amazing team of speakers into your school or church as we educate the youth of Louisiana on life. This weekend, Ryan Verret and Kathy Allen, our new leader of Louisiana Black Advocates for Life, will be speaking at all Masses at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Opelousas. Drop by if you are in the area!

Kate with Vote Pro-Life Sign
As elections heat up, I have to share this great photo of my oldest daughter Kate.  Even she is getting into the action! Take her advice and put a "Please Vote Pro-Life " sign in your yard!  

On Sunday, be sure to join a Life Chain in your area to stand for life!

For a Pro-Life Louisiana,  
Benjamin Clapper
Listen to Our New Radio Spot!
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Check out our new radio spot that will run across Louisiana reminding the people of our state to be the voice of the unborn baby through their vote. Share with others! 

Join a Life Chain this Sunday!
Life Chains will be formed in communities across the U.S. Sunday, Oct. 5. This is the event's 27th year.

Life Chain is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing and praying for the nation and for an end to abortion. It is a visible statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the nation's churches support the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death.


Life Chains will be in the following locations in Louisiana:


* BATON ROUGE - Goodwood Boulevard at Airline Highway, Saturday, Oct. 4, 1:45-3 p.m.; Elaine Matherne 225-667-723 
* DENHAM SPRINGS - Range Avenue in front of Denham Springs High School, Saturday, Oct. 4, 9:45-11 a.m.; Elaine Matherne 225-667-7239 
* HOUMA - Tunnel Boulevard at Mr. Ronnie's, 2-3 p.m.; Joann Williams 985-868-1505 and 985-804-3390 
* LABADIEVILLE - Louisiana Highway 1 at Brule Road, Saturday, Oct.4, 11-12 p.m.; Michael Lasseigne 985-526-4186 
* LAFAYETTE - 1522 Carmel Drive at John Paul the Great Academy, 2-3:30 p.m.; Ashley Hebert 337-308-6474 
* LAFAYETTE - Evangeline Thruway at Simcoe Street at St Genevieve Catholic Church, 1:30- 3 p.m.; Donna Morgan 337-233-6152 
* LOCKPORT - Louisiana Highway 1 at Lockport Town Hall, 4-5:30 p.m.; Priscilla Scioneaux 985-537-3269 
* NAPOLEONVILLE - Louisiana Highway 1 at Franklin Street, Saturday, Oct. 4, 10-11 a.m.; James Hubbell 985-369-6580 
* PIERRE PART - Louisiana Highway 70 at S. Bay Road, 2-3 p.m.; Linda O'Neal 985-252-6490 
* PONCHATOULA - Louisiana Highway 22 at Eighth Street, 2-3:30 p.m.; Julie Hanks 985-467-4402 
* RACELAND - Louisiana Highway 1 at U.S. Highway 90, 2-3 p.m.; Carol Knight 985-532-6561 
* RUSTON - S. Trenton at E. Georgia Avenue, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; signs at Ruston Civic Center; Bill Moore 318-707-8218 
* SLIDELL - Gause Boulevard from Interstate 10 to U.S. Highway 11, 2-3:30 p.m.; Michelle Gorney 985-640-8765 
* THIBODAUX - Louisiana Highway 1 at Canal Boulevard, 2-3 p.m.; Lane and Dana Chiasson 985-446-8495
Lives Saved at 40 Days for Life
Members of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Pierre Part hold vigil outside Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge.
Prayers already answered outside abortion facilities

40 Days for Life vigils continue at abortion facilities in Metairie, Baton Rouge and Shreveport, and during the first week of this life-saving ministry at least five
women chose life for their babies.

Baton Rouge Campaign Director Charlotte Bergeron reported three saves in front of Delta Clinic during the first week of vigils, and
Shreveport/Bossier City Campaign Director Chris Davis reported two saves in front of Hope Medical Group for Women.

"We had another woman who needed a pregnancy test who didn't even walk in to the abortion facility, but instead went straight to the crisis pregnancy center. So, all in all that's THREE TURNAWAYS!" Davis said.

40 Days for Life New Orleans Director Mary Nadeau Reed said that group's effort got off to a good start as more than 120 people joined in prayer and fellowship at the site of the proposed Planned Parenthood to kick off its campaign. She said vigils continue with strong attendance in front of Causeway Medical Clinic in Metairie.

40 Days for Life will continue through Nov. 2 with more than 600,000 people taking part around the world through prayer and fasting commitments and participating in vigils at abortion facilities.

The following events associated with 40 Days for Life remain:

* Baton Rouge Prayer Breakfast
, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 7:30 a.m., Woodlawn Baptist Church (5805 Jones Creek Road).

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Call event sponsor Mike Walker and Associates at 225-291-1117 to make reservations. Deadline for reservations is Friday, Oct. 3.


* Midpoint Rally in Shreveport, Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m., on the sidewalk at the corner of Kings and Centenary.


* Closing Candlelight Vigil, Shreveport, Sunday, Nov. 2, 5 p.m, on the sidewalk at the corner of Kings and Centenary.


* Closing Vigil in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m., at the proposed Planned Parenthood site (4636 S. Claiborne Ave.)  


For updates on the 40 Days for Life campaigns, visit the groups' Facebook pages by clicking on the city:

Baton Rouge

New Orleans 

Shreveport/Bossier City


Register for Chers Bebes
Join us at Chers B�b�s!  
Help Us Preserve
Acadiana's Pro-Life Legacy! 

Please join us as a sponsor for Chers B�b�s: Acadiana's Soiree for Life! The event will be held Oct. 21 at the City Club in River Ranch and benefits the Drs. Zerben Bienvenu and William Smith Education Fund.


This fun-filled evening will feature:

* Music by the band Forest Huval and Friends 

* Comedy of  Sen. Jonathan Perry: The Cajun Comedian 

* Baby Shower Games 

* Moon Griffon of 96.5 as Guest Master of Ceremony


Click here to be directed to our secure registration page.
Cody Reed talks with Joshua Leadership Institute students at the event's closing ceremony.
My Duty, Your Duty:
Teach the Youth that Life is Valuable
Bring LA Right to Life to Speak To Your Students!

By Cody Reed 

For the past two years it was my honor to act as the Youth Programs Director for Louisiana Right to Life and to address a question youth particularly wrestle with: Am I valuable?


JLI students watch as a live ultrasound is performed on an "anonymous" volunteer.

Legalized abortion

answers this question with a resounding no. It tells our youth, "We are not valuable. We are not equal."


I have taken a new position as a theology teacher at Archbishop Hannan High School, and I believe it is the calling and duty of us all, regardless of our professions, to remind every person of his or her unchanging and inestimable worth. This is key to softening the hearts of those with whom we disagree and to saving lives from abortion and euthanasia and also from things such as bullying, suicide, self-harm, and human trafficking.


I don't believe any excuse is sufficient for remaining silent in the face of these realities. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr.: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."


What could possibly matter more than the value of the human person? Many of our young people recognize this, but many more have been wounded by the lies that permeate our culture, and they have resorted to apathy.


That is why education on the life issues is so important, and why I feel so blessed to have played a part in many Louisiana Right to Life programs such as the Joshua Leadership Institute (JLI) and others. Since the culture of death thrives on ignorance and silence, we must train students in pro-life apologetics. If we provide students the opportunities to engage "pro-choice" individuals in conversation, they will respectfully give their peers the opportunity to reevaluate their beliefs and to awaken from apathy.


During JLI we take students to LSU for this sort of hands-on experience. I've watched our students engage angry pro-choice/pro-Planned Parenthood protestors in dialogue. I've seen shouting replaced with fruitful communication and hearts transformed. It is a privilege to witness as hearts and lives are transformed, and the blessings of being a part of this movement are truly incalculable.


At JLI, students also have the opportunity to witness a live ultrasound, performed on an anonymous volunteer. This year New Orleans ACCESS Pregnancy Center went above and beyond by going to Baton Rouge to facilitate a special experience. The ultrasound was remarkably clear. It revealed a 12-week-old child in constant motion, with facial and bodily features easily recognizable.


As everyone soaked this in, it was announced the anonymous mother had decided to meet everyone. She emerged to cheers and applause because she turned out to be the New Orleans Projects Director for Louisiana Right to Life. That woman is my wife, Mary.


The pro-life message could not be more real to us than it is right now.  We are so grateful for the opportunity we were given to introduce our child to those present that day. They witnessed that our baby is fully human and fully alive, even if our nation's justice system refuses to acknowledge that reality for another six months.


We are all called to stand up for life, whatever our gifts and whatever our professions. That is why I will continue, as a high school teacher and friend, to help LARTL and others defend human dignity, value, and equality. I ask you to actively join me in speaking the truth about human dignity and value in our communities. No excuses. There is far too much at stake. Please stand up for life today!  


Cody Reed can be reached at For information about future Joshua programs email Louisiana Right to Life at

Let us Speak at Your School or Church!

Louisiana Right to Life offers educational presentations and training programs to all schools, churches, and other organizations in the state at no charge. The educational programs can easily be brought in as an additional resource to your current programs.

Our team recently spoke to the students at Vermilion Catholic High School. These students are holding our fetal models after the presentation.
The group's flagship presentation to high school students is titled "Pro-Life 101: Busting the Myths about Abortion." This presentation provides details on the fetal development, why human life should be protected and is valuable, abortion methods, statistics on abortion, reasons for abortion, pro-life resources for women and more.   

While "Pro-Life 101" is the team's most readily available presentation and what is recommended for starters, presentations can also be made available on the following topics:
  • "How to Be a Persuasive Pro-Lifer" (focuses on pro-life apologetics)* Stem Cell Research
  • Medical Ethics / "End of Life" Issues
  • The Truth about Planned Parenthood
  • Historical and Legal Situation Surrounding Abortion
  • Pro-Life Activism - How to Impact Your Campus
Training is already active in schools and churches across the Acadiana region thanks to the Zerben Bienvenu and William Smith Fund for Acadiana Pro-Life Education, and the program is expanding to other parts of the state as well.

If you are interested in bringing the program to your school, church or group, contact Kandace Landreneau at or call the LARTL office at 1-866-463-5433, and we will connect you to the right person.

If you have turned on your TV lately, you know the Senate election is right around the corner. You can't watch for five minutes without seeing ads by multiple candidates. 

Even as our airwaves become saturated, we cannot forget how important elections for the U.S. Senate are to the protection of life in our nation.
Not only does the Senate determine the success or failure of pro-life legislation, but it holds the final decision on Supreme Court justices. 

Louisiana Right to Life does not endorse or oppose candidates. However, we have a duty to make sure our citizens cast an informed vote when it comes to life. Because of this, we have produced a non-partisan voter

education card that compares the main candidates. We provide on the card a factual representation of the respective voting records of each candidate.


We are offering this comparison card FREE OF CHARGE to churches, groups and individuals. We can ship it directly to you. You can request this card by visiting us online at and completing the online request form or by calling our office at 866.463.5433. We also have an 8.5x11 PDF version you can download and print.  


Yard Signs 


In addition to the voter education cards, Louisiana Right to Life is making "Please Vote Pro-Life" yard signs available in several locations around the state.


Signs are available at the Louisiana Right to Life offices in New Orleans (7121 Catina St.) and Lafayette (Chase Tower, 600 Jefferson St. Suite 506) and will soon be available in Shreveport-Bossier City (2250 Hospital Drive Suite 249, Bossier City). Signs are also available in Baton Rouge at 3837 Plaza Tower Drive and on the Northshore at 839 Heavens Drive, Mandeville.




Pick-up dates and times can be arranged by calling:

  • NEW ORLEANS - 504-835-6522 (or 866-463-5433)
  • LAFAYETTE - 337-524-0044
  • SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER CITY - 318-300-3533
  • BATON ROUGE - Kandace Landreneau 318-218-7030 (cell phone) or email
  • NORTHSHORE - Charlie Schmitz  601-795-6106 (cell phone) or email
Not Registered to Vote?  
You Have Until Monday to Do So!   

Louisiana residents who want to participate in the Nov. 4 election need to register to vote or make changes to their existing registration by Monday, Oct. 6.

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler said that since Aug. 1, more than 90,000 Louisiana residents have sent registration documents to local registrar's offices. That includes 28,000 valid new voter forms.

You can CLICK HERE to register online through the Louisiana Secretary of State office.

Early voting will take place Oct. 21-28.
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