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From Our Director
Catholics for Choice? Isn't that an oxymoron?

That was my thought when I saw that the group "Catholics for Choice" signed the pro-abortion ad in the Advocate that we shared with you earlier this week. It is sad that a national group whose very identity is a contradiction would be lobbying our governor and legislators.

Along with Catholics for Choice, the other groups, including UltraViolet and Planned Parenthood, that signed the letter consistently advocate for abortion-on-demand. You can't let their voice be louder or more effective than yours! 

We would still love to have your help in sponsoring our ad in the Advocate to respond to the pro-abortion ad. Click to pitch in to help us defend life at the Capitol! 
 
 
For a Pro-Life Louisiana,
Benjamin Clapper
Supreme Court
High Court Ruling Allows Abortion Facilities to Reopen

Just nine days after a unanimous three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals gave Louisiana the go-ahead to enforce the state's admitting privileges law, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed that order.
 
The emergency stay was granted by the 5th Circuit at the request of the state of Louisiana, which is appealing a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John deGravelles that stuck down Louisiana's law and blocked its implementation. The Center for Reproductive Rights, which brought the lawsuit against the state on behalf of three of the state's abortion facilities and two doctors, appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate the stay.
 
Only Justice Clarence Thomas noted a dissent from the order, suggesting that the vote had been 7-1, though justices do not always disclose their dissenting votes on such orders.

When the 5th Circuit's decision was announced, abortion facilities in Baton Rouge and Bossier City, where doctors do not have admitting privileges, stopped performing abortions. The Supreme Court ruling allowed those clinics to begin the procedures again. 
 
Just two days before the Supreme Court reversed the order in Louisiana it heard arguments in a similar Texas case that had previously been upheld by the 5th Circuit. The decision in that case is expected to be released in June, and that decision will likely determine the fate of Louisiana's law as well.
PULSE Weekends

Attention High Schoolers!
 
Register for the upcoming PULSE Weekend Immersions! 

Covington:
April 29-May 1


And save the date!
Pulse Institute
June 19-24

Oratory Contests
Pro-Life Oratory Contests Upcoming 
 
Two local pro-life oratory contests are scheduled this spring.

* Alexandria, March 31 at 6 p.m. at the Rapides Public Library. (CLICK TO  DOWNLOAD FLYER)

* LaPlace, April 2 at 2 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc School's Family Life Center. (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD FLYER)

Cash prizes are awarded. Winners of the local contests can compete in the Louisiana Pro-Life Oratory Contest in May.
40 Days for  Life

40 Days Celebration is Saturday Morning   
 
Historic rains have closed roads and flooded homes in North Louisiana, but the Shreveport-Bossier 40 Days for Life campaign continues. The spring campaign began Feb. 10 and runs through March 20.

The group is planning a celebration and prayer vigil on Saturday, March 19. In addition to praying for an end to abortion, the group will also pray for flood victims.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Bossier City Medical Suite, 1505 Doctors Drive, with prayers, comments and local speakers, including volunteer Lesley Duke. Then the group will drive across the river for a peaceful prayer vigil at the Hope Medical Group for Women, 210 Kings Highway in Shreveport.

For more information call 40 Days chairman Chris Davis at 318-349-3279
What's the Big Deal?
What's the Big Deal?
New Educational Brochure on Abortion 

Louisiana Right to Life has released a new educational brochure about abortion called "What's the Big Deal?", and we want to get it into your hands!

We have been looking for a way to offer easy to understand, yet motivating, education on abortion that is specific to Louisiana. We wanted a resource that could educate someone who had little or even no knowledge about abortion.

That's when we came up with the 16-page full-color "Big Deal" booklet that fits in the palm of your hand. It covers topics such as:
  • What is Abortion?
  • Is Abortion Legal? Is it Common?
  • How Are Abortions Performed?
  • Fetal Development
  • Impact on Women
  • Impact on African-Americans
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Pro-Life Persuasion Tips
  • and more...
Brochure Opened to Pages 8-9 To Show Size

We printed them for about $0.36 per piece, and we have to pay to ship them to you. So we are only going to charge $0.20 per booklet, simply because we have to cover some printing and shipping costs.

 

If you would like to get one to see in person before you order, let us know and we will mail it to you at no charge. Email Sandy Cunningham at sandy@prolifelouisiana.org!  

 

Click To Order the Brochures

Pro-Life Day at the Capitol
Louisiana Right to Life is sponsoring Pro-Life Day at the Capitol on April 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and we hope you will make plans to attend.
  • Rally to support pro-life legislative efforts
  • Lobby your legislators
  • Attend important committee hearings
  • Meet with pro-life leaders

Click here to RSVP. 

BOWTIES FOR BABIES: FOOD, MUSIC AND  FUN!
  
Former Legislator Will Be Honored for Pro-Life Leadership at Capitol 
 
SHARON WESTON BROOME
The fourth annual Bowties for Babies: A Southern Soiree Benefiting Life is May 10, and it will include a special presentation to longtime pro-life leader Sharon Weston Broome, who recently left the Legislature due to term limits after a 24-year career in the House and the Senate.

While in the House she was prime sponsor of the 1995 Women's Right to Know Bill, and she authored two pro-life bills, the 2010 Ultrasound Before Abortion Act and the 2012 Hear the Heartbeat Act, as a senator. She was also a tireless advocate for Louisiana's Abortion Alternative Funding Initiative, which provides pregnancy resource centers with federal funds to help serve women and children in Louisiana, and she donated time to educating students on pro-life issues, speaking multiple times at LARTL's Camp Joshua.
 
The event is May 10, 2016, from 7-10 p.m. at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and his wife, Cher, are the chair couple for the soiree that will feature live jazz music, delicious food, and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Louisiana Right to Life's Advertise for Life project.
 
Sadly every day, approximately 28 Louisiana women choose abortion. The Advertise for Life project reaches these women through targeted online advertising and connects them to crisis pregnancy centers that can help them choose life. Just to give you an example, this Google image is a screenshot from a smartphone in Baton Rouge. When searching "abortion Baton Rouge" in Google, our ad (highlighted in pink) comes up first, giving women an option to click it and find a pro-life pregnancy center near them.  Consider the ad a "life line" to that woman seeking abortion. 
 
 
  Will you become a patron and support this important project? Will you help us keep our ads in front of women across Louisiana? There are several patron levels to choose from, and each includes tickets to the event among other perks. Tickets are also available at the following costs: $125 per couple, $75 per person, and $50 per young professional (18-26).

For more information on the event, CLICK HERE.
 
Upcoming Events
 
March 19:
April 20:  April 29-May 1: 
PULSE Weekend, COV 
May 10:  June 19-24: 
PULSE Leadership Institute, BR
Jan. 21, 2017: 
La. Life March South
Jan. 28, 2017: 
La. Life March North
Feb. 4, 2017: 
La. Life March Central 
Louisiana Right to Life
ProLifeLouisiana.org    1.866.463.5433    @LARightToLife

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