January 21, 2015
Contact: Sandy Cunningham
SATURDAY: Thousands to Defend Life in Baton Rouge
Gov. Jindal will deliver keynote address at annual Life March, Rally
BATON ROUGE, LA - Thousands of concerned citizens, religious leaders, and elected officials will gather on the LSU campus Saturday morning, January 24, for the annual Louisiana Life March South.
Gov. Bobby Jindal will be the keynote speaker at the Life Rally, which begins
at 10 AM at LSU's Greek Theatre on Dalrymple Drive. Other rally participants include Pastor Jonathan Stockstill and the Bethany Church Worship Team, Bishop Shelton Fabre of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, and Dr. Kathy Allen, state director of Louisiana Black Advocates for Life.
At 11 AM participants will march from the Greek Theatre to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, where they will go inside and Life March South will merge with "The Response Louisiana" to begin a time of prayer for Life.
Sponsors of the event include Louisiana Right to Life, the Louisiana Baptist Convention, the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, Louisiana Family Forum, Baton Rouge Right to Life, Concerned Women for America, the Susan B. Anthony List and Knights of Columbus.
Two Louisiana Life March events are held each January around the anniversary of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Participants rally and march to bring attention to the tragic killing of the innocent, unborn children.
"Just this past Saturday, thousands of pro-life Louisiana citizens marched for life in Shreveport. This Saturday, another group of Louisianians will stand together on LSU's campus to defend the defenseless unborn child and protect the women of our state. We are excited to have Gov. Jindal, a champion for life, join us as our keynote speaker," said Benjamin Clapper, executive director of Louisiana Right to Life.
There were 9.976 abortions performed in Louisiana in 2013, according to the latest numbers available through the state Department of Health and Hospitals. Of that number, 6,171 abortions occurred in the south Louisiana parishes of East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, and Orleans.