From Our Director
Our hearts go out to all those across Louisiana, and in our own LARTL family, suffering from the flood waters. We pray for a quick recovery of your lives. The floods damaged the pro-life cause as well. Read on the right about flooded pregnancy centers and how you can help.
Louisiana Right to Life would love to come to your community this fall to present the pro-life message at your group or church, or to host a "Pro-Life Town Hall" in conjunction with you. Please contact me if you can help us spread the pro-life message!

For a Pro-Life Louisiana,
Benjamin Clapper 
40 Days for Life NOLA

Pre-Campaign Party for NOLA 40 DFL

The event is Thursday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 4230 S. Broad Ave., New Orleans.

Click on the flyer above for details!
JFA Internships
Clare Lavergne

Grace Fontenot

Joshua/PULSE Grads Interning with JFA

Clare Lavergne and Grace Fontenot, both longtime participants in Louisiana Right to Life youth programs, are headed to Kansas for a one-semester internship with Justice for All.

Clare, 19, and Grace, 20, are graduates of Joshua Leadership Institute and this past summer were small group leaders at PULSE Leadership Institute.

LARTL Youth Co-Directors Krista Corbello and Alex Seghers are excited for the students.

"We were so honored to work with such passionate and talented young women, and we can't wait to see what they will do with JFA," Corbello said.

Watch for an update on the young women's adventure in an upcoming E-Newsletter!
Fall Elections

Where Do Candidates Stand on Life?

This fall, Louisiana will elect a new U.S. Senator to replace longtime pro-life champion, Sen. David Vitter. In addition, all six of Louisiana's seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for grabs.
Those who represent the state in Congress have the ability to greatly help or hurt the pro-life cause in our nation through legislation, and in the case of the Senate, confirming Supreme Court justices.
LARTL does not endorse candidates. But in order to make sure voters are informed regarding the views each candidate holds on life issues, Louisiana Right to Life is sending questionnaires to each candidate and over the next few weeks those responses will be recorded, with results published on our website.
Be sure to check our website in early September to see where the House and Senate candidates stand on defending life at all stages of development!
2016 Life Chains
Life Chain
Is there a Life Chain in Your Community Yet?

Louisiana Right to Life is encouraging folks in every parish across the state to host a Life Chain this fall. Life Chains are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2 across the U.S. and Canada, though some groups have scheduled the event for another day.

If you would like to plan a Life Chain in your community, call state coordinator Julie Hanks (985-351-3143) or email julieandedinhammond
Can You Help Flooded, Impacted PRCs?

2 Pregnancy Resource Centers Take On Water; Others Affected by Historic Flooding

The historic flooding over the weekend that devastated many parts of the Interstate 12/Interstate 10 corridor between Covington and Lafayette claimed at least two pregnancy resource centers, Caring to Love Ministries, located on N. Flannery Road in Baton Rouge, and Family Resource Clinic, 12201 Florida Blvd., between Walker and Livingston.

Can you help these life-saving agencies rebuild? Please consider a donation today!

Click to Donate
to Caring To Love Ministries

Caring to Love Ministries
Caring to Love Ministries

Family Resource Clinic

While the physical locations of nine other pregnancy centers in the affected areas did not receive flood damage, members of their staffs and the families they serve are facing challenges. Please consider supporting them as well by clicking on the center's name. Those centers in affected areas are:
Donate Baby Items
The Woman's New Life Center in Metairie (3032 Ridgelake Drive #101) and Baton Rouge ( 760 Colonial Drive  )  is accepting baby items (diapers, etc.) to help flood victims.  You can contact them about drop-offs at  (225) 663-6470 or (504) 831-3117.
Personally Opposed, But...?
Someone Should Ask
Kaine Why He Is Personally
Opposed to Abortion

By Benjamin Clapper 
Executive Director, LARTL

If someone said this to you, how would you respond?
"Personally, I'm opposed to child abuse, but the right rule for government is to let people make their own decisions."
Just like me, I am sure you would be flabbergasted to hear such an absurd comment. Child abuse is morally wrong, and because it is wrong, our government has a duty to protect children from abuser, even if the abuser is the child's parent. 
Sadly, we are seeing on the biggest stage in America a vice-presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine, say something very similar, simply changing a couple words. 

Earlier this summer Sen. Kaine said:

"Personally, I'm opposed to abortion... but the right rule for government is to let women make their own decisions."
Of course, Sen. Kaine is not alone in this way of thinking. You have probably heard this from friends and family members when the topic of abortion has come up. 
Many we meet in our lives who make this statement may not have thought too much about what the statement means. This is why it is incumbent on us to gently ask a very simple question to get someone thinking: "Why are you personally opposed to abortion?"
The question seems fair, right? If someone shares that they are personally opposed to abortion, it might be good to find out why. 
And for the life of me I can't figure out what someone might honestly answer other than some version of, "Well, I guess I am opposed to the baby being killed."
Then, in a friendly manner, you can respond by saying, "So let me get this straight. You believe abortion kills an innocent baby, and you are opposed to that. But you are fine with the government not protecting that baby?"
Trust me, Sen. Kaine's position on abortion infuriates me, and the confusion that it perpetuates is toxic.  But perhaps his position opens the door for a larger conversation with society, one that might actually lead to the discussion of why someone might be personally opposed to abortion at all.
I am sure Sen. Kaine would think my manufactured statement above about child abuse is ridiculous. I am sure he would make an argument about why the analogy isn't consistent. But if the unborn baby is a baby, and you are opposed to killing it, how could you honestly make that statement to the entire nation?
Sen. Kaine can't claim ignorance. We can't assume he has not thought through his position. He is a candidate for vice president for crying out loud.
I hope someone in the media will put these questions to him. He owes an explanation to the American people.

In the meantime, feel confident to ask basic questions to those you meet who share the position. You may find the conversation is much easier than you expected!
Upcoming Events
Aug. 25:
La. Life March South
Jan. 28, 2017: 
La. Life March North
Feb. 4, 2017: 
La. Life March Central  
Louisiana Right to Life     1.866.463.5433    @LARightToLife

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