From Our Director
We were disappointed to say the least last week when Senate Republicans were not able to cobble together enough votes to defund Planned Parenthood (PP) through healthcare legislation. Sadly, PP celebrated the bill's defeat, which is never good.

We applaud Senators Cassidy and Kennedy for their steadfast votes to defund Planned Parenthood, and we now encourage them to press Senate leadership to find another bill that can accomplish the goal. We cannot lose this opportunity to keep the abortion giant away from the trough of government dollars!
If you are in the New Orleans area, I hope you join me Aug. 19 at Lakeview Christian Center for our Pro-Life Persuasion Crash Course. This program is a great way to learn the basics of how to speak persuasively for innocent human lives!

For a Pro-Life Louisiana,
Benjamin Clapper
New PP Video

PP Uses Paperwork to Fake Compliance With Late-Term Law

The Center for Medical Progress has released new video that shows Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran, the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, graphically discussing Planned Parenthood's late-term "dismemberment" and partial-birth abortion protocols in the context of fetal body part harvesting.

The new video was released as the U.S. Senate debated provisions to terminate taxpayer subsidies to Planned Parenthood, the nation's biggest abortion business.

Pro-Life Persuasion

Join Us on Aug. 19 for Pro-Life Persuasion Crash Course   

Do you want to become a compassionate and compelling pro-life advocate?

Join us for a Pro-Life Persuasion Crash Course on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur De Lis Drive in New Orleans. 
The training will be led by Benjamin Clapper, executive director of Louisiana Right to Life. The material will be presented from a secular viewpoint, enabling you to present the case for life in a persuasive manner no matter the person or type of conversion.

The training and accompanying lunch is free, but please RSVP.

Click Here to Register 
PULSE Gulf Coast
Students practice persuasion dialogue.

PULSE Team Takes Pro-Life Training To Alabama's Gulf Coast
Louisiana Right to Life's PULSE leadership team took its pro-life message to the Alabama Gulf Coast last month, leading a two-day PULSE Immersion training at St. Lawrence Church in Fairhope, Ala. Thirty-three students attended.

Students discussed abortion and learned pro-life persuasion techniques, toured the Women's Resource Center, a Mobile-based pregnancy center assisting women facing unplanned pregnancies, and visited Claire's Hope, an abortion facility museum run by local pro-life volunteers, among other things.

Maddie Farrell, a high school sophomore, said, " was amazing! I learned so much, and it was so worth it. Thank y'all so much! I loved it!"

The overnight camp was facilitated by Youth Programs Directors Alex Seghers and Krista Corbella and Special Projects Director Shanon Snyder.
PULSE Teams Update
Eva Fenasci, left, and Claire Seymour chalk pro-life messages on the Lakefront with the NOLA PULSE team. 
What Are Our PULSE Teams Doing?

* The New Orleans PULSE Team spread the pro-life message with chalk last week. Members met at the Lakefront and chalked different and unique Pro-Life messages, including "Preaux Life," "Preaux Life PULSE," "Love them both, Protect them both," "Heart beats at 18 days" and more. They also enjoyed food and fellowship.

About 15 students from New Orleans area high schools meet monthly to discuss different pro-life topics, hold rallies, and participate in fun events.

The next meeting is Aug. 8 from 5:30-7:30p.m. The team will be making cards for the homeless, elderly, and sick.

For more information on the group, email
TJ Burgess, Ashlen Sandoz or Alex Seghers.

* The Houma-Thibodaux PULSE team will hold its kickoff meeting Aug. 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Rotolo's Pizzeria, 100 E. Bayou Road, Thibodaux. Plans for the group will be discussed, and pro-life chalking is also planned.

* A PULSE Team Leadership Day is also in the works for area teams on Aug. 19. Stay tuned for more details!

PULSE teams are a way to unite high school and college students who want to further their pro-life education, participate in more community activism and fellowship with other pro-life students. Email Alex Seghers or Ashlen Sandoz for information on PULSE team events in the Greater New Orleans area, or Krista Corbello for information on teams and events in the Acadiana and Lake Charles areas.   
St. Landry Dinner
Rev. Corey Hicks speaks at the St. Landry Dinner for Life.
Black Advocates Hosts Dinner in St. Landry

Louisiana Black Advocates for Life recently held a Dinner for Life for community leaders in the St Landry Parish region. The event, held at Arpeggio's restaurant, featured guest speaker the Rev. Corey Hicks, New Orleans director for Louisiana Black Advocates for Life, who spoke about the reality of abortion in the black community and the need for speaking out and supporting those in our circle of influence.  

During the meeting the group recognized Opelousas Police Chief Donald Thompson and Bambi Polotzola, director of the Governor's Office of Disability Affairs, for their ongoing work and ministry that supports a culture of life in our community.  

The goal of the event was not only to increase awareness, but also to encourage active community involvement in promoting the Black Advocates' message.

Many event attendees stated that they feel inspired to become more involved in pro-life advocacy. 
No Chance for Charlie 
Why Charlie Gard's Life
Was Worth Fighting For

Beaurecrats Should Not Stand
in the Way of Finding Cures 

By Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-OH

Five grueling months went by as Chris Gard and Connie Yates battled with the U.K. courts for the right to fight for their son's life. (Last) week, they withdrew their petition seeking to bring Charlie to the U.S. for experimental treatment.

The fight for little Charlie's life caught the attention of the world, and now commentators and talking heads are busy casting blame. The case can be made that the delay caused his death. At the very least, the drawn-out court battle deprived Charlie's parents of the opportunity to see whether experimental treatment might have saved his life.

"A whole lot of time has been wasted," Ms. Yates said, through tears. "We are sorry we could not save you."

Regardless of blame, a little boy has lost his only chance at life. The heart-wrenching truth is that thousands of children around the globe die every day, for a myriad of reasons. But that does not lighten the weight of this death. The individual is what defines our humanity. Charlie's short life is a reminder that every human life - no matter how great or small, young or old - has inherent dignity. Every life is worth fighting for.

And fight Charlie's parents did: They raised more than $1.6 million to pay for their son to receive experimental treatment in the United States. They advocated fiercely. They refused to give up hope. In response, a renowned U.S. medical center offered to admit Charlie Gard and provide him with an experimental treatment. Rep. Trent Franks and I introduced legislation to expedite the process of bringing Charlie and his parents to the U.S. in order for them to pursue their last, best hope for their son's life.

Other members of Congress brought forward similar pieces of legislation. My friend Jaime Herrera Beutler, a congresswoman representing a district in Washington State, shared her own story of fighting for her unborn baby's life after the child was diagnosed with Potter Syndrome, a condition that develops in utero when no kidneys form. Her doctor told her that the condition was 100 percent fatal and suggested abortion as the next step. However, Jamie and her husband did not lose faith. They found a doctor who was willing to try an experimental treatment. It was successful, and today Jaime's daughter Abigail is 4 years old.

This is personal for me as well. When my little sister, Amy, was diagnosed with leukemia as an adult, the doctors told her that the only real cure would be a bone-marrow transplant. The insurance company refused coverage, though, on the grounds that it was an experimental treatment. Amy fought the company and successfully attained partial coverage, while paying the rest herself. We did the bone-marrow transplant, on her doctor's advice.
Today, 23 years later, Amy is married and the mother of two beautiful children.

My sister's doctor and Abigail's doctors were fighting for the lives of their patients. In contrast, Great Ormond Street Hospital was advocating for permission not only to withdraw treatment but also to block Charlie's parents from taking him to get treatment in the U.S. The hospital bureaucrats argued that the experimental treatment was not what Charlie's doctors deemed to be in his "best interest."

This is a far cry from past medical cases in which doctors have interceded in order to provide a child with treatment over a parent's wishes - with the justification of saving the child's life. In Charlie's case, it was the opposite. A little boy was being ordered to die because a third party, overriding the wishes of the parents, believed it could determine that immediate death was what was best for him.

The effect of any case like this ripple far beyond a single life. Not only would experimental treatment have provided the only chance to improve Charlie's condition, it also could have offered the opportunity for Charlie to increase the chance of recovery for others suffering from this condition in the future. A cure begins with one.
Charlie Gard's brave fight inspired individuals across the globe to join in his battle for life, for hope, and for cures. That will be his enduring legacy. His life should serve as a reminder that these principles must be the basis for any successful health-care system. As we debate health care here in the U.S., let us remember that any reforms we implement should be centered on improving health, preventing illness, valuing life, and striving for breakthroughs in treatments and cures. We should be encouraging - not inhibiting - innovation and experimentation in order to bring new cures and better care to the next generation.

Looking ahead, Charlie's parents hope to establish a foundation to ensure that Charlie's voice "continues to be heard." As we stand with the family, let both our nations be reminded of the risk incurred when our health-care systems are endowed with ultimate authority to determine which lives are unworthy of being lived and who may be denied their own fight for survival.

Brad Wenstrup represents Ohio's second congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. This column originally appeared at National Review and was reprinted at
40 Days for Life Louisiana Campaigns Getting Closer!

40 Days for Life NOLA
Pre-Campaign Party Planned
BR, Shreveport-Bossier Getting Ready; Yard Signs Available

The fall 40 Days for Life campaign is still two months away (Sept. 27 through Nov. 5), but Louisiana groups are already making plans for kickoffs, prayer vigils and other associated events in New Orleans, Shreveport-Bossier and Baton Rouge.
Things are moving quickly in New Orleans, and several groups have already signed up for vigil times outside the Planned Parenthood facility on South Claiborne Avenue.
On Thursday, Aug. 24, 40 Days for Life New Orleans will host a pre-campaign party at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 2900 S. General Taylor St., New Orleans. The party begins at 6 p.m. and will feature food, fun and fellowship. Attendees will also hear from guest speakers Archbishop Gregory Aymond and the Rev. Corey Hicks. Dinner will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Click Here for Flyer

Other dates to remember:
  • Kickoff Sunrise Prayer Event: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6:30 a.m., Planned Parenthood, 4636 S. Claiborne Ave.
  • Halfway Event: Sunday, Oct. 15, 5:30 p.m., Women's Health Care Center, 2701 General Pershing St.
  • Closing Vigil: Sunday, Nov. 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Planned Parenthood.

Get more information as it's posted and sign up for a vigil time by clicking here.




The Baton Rouge campaign was cancelled last year due to the devastating flooding that hit the area, but the campaign is back on track for 2017 on the sidewalk in front of the Baton Rouge abortion facility, located at 756 Colonial Drive.

Check the website ( click here), for updates and to sign up for a vigil time.

The Shreveport-Bossier 40 Days for Life group is coming off a huge spring campaign, during which they celebrated the permanent closure of the Bossier City abortion facility. Check the group's Facebook page ( click here) for updates, and schedule vigil times at the website ( click here).


Louisiana Right to Life is hoping Louisiana residents will help spread the pro-life message in their own yards during the 40 Days for Life campaign by offering pink pro-life yard signs free of charge.

LARTL is encouraging churches or other groups to distribute the signs on the weekend of Sept. 23 and 24 in advance of the 40 Days for Life Campaign. We ask that people and groups put the sign in their yards for the entire 40 Days for Life campaign, which ends Nov. 5.

When you get a sign, be sure to post a photo of your sign in your yard on social media to @LARightToLife with #ProtectThemBoth as the tag.
For more information, call 1.886.463.5433.

Click here to fill out an order form to get your sign as soon as they are available.
Upcoming Events
Sept. 27 - Nov. 5:
Oct. 1: 
Life Chain Sunday 
Nov. 2: 
Jan. 20, 2018:
Life March South
Jan. 21, 2018:
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday 
Jan. 27, 2018:
Life March North
Feb. 3, 2018:
Louisiana Right to Life     1.866.463.5433    @LARightToLife

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