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October is here and 40 Days For Life Louisiana is officially underway! Be sure to check out Mary's article about being courageous in the pro-life movement. Louisiana is the #1 pro-life state in the nation because Louisianians actively live out their pro-life convictions. 

Also in this edition, read about our Choose Life License Plate Program and our new leader in Shreveport!  

For a Pro-life Louisiana,
Benjamin Clapper

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that Shreveport is the abortion capitol of our state? In 2011 alone, Caddo and Bossier parishes accounted for 4,003 abortions.

Mike JohnsonTo counter this problem, Louisiana Right to Life is very excited that Mike Johnson, an esteemed Louisiana attorney, has joined us as our Legal Counsel and Regional Director in North Louisiana. Mike is opening the first Louisiana Right to Life office in Bossier.

In addition to spearheading new educational efforts, Mike will also be facilitating our first ever "Louisiana Life March North" in downtown Shreveport-Bossier. Mark your calanders for January 25th, 2014 and click to find our more!

Pro-life lagniappe 

Choose Life License Plate

Do you have a choose life license plate?

The Choose Life License Plate Program is a great way to support women in crisis and advocate for the unborn. Since it's inception, the Choose Life License Plate Program has given over a hundred thousand dollars to pro-life pregnancy centers and adoption agencies.

Visit our site to find out how to get your plate.  You do not have to wait till your license expires!

Come to our Fall Conference

Looking to learn more about the connection betwee abortion and breast cancer, Planned Parenthood's impact on minority communities or how abortion hurts women? Come to our fall conference and get the facts from the experts.

Download the flyer and share with friends and family! You can register online or give us a call at 1.866.463.5433

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Of Courage and Comfort: 

Why Change Requires Sacrifice 

By: Mary Nadeau, Special Projects and New Orleans Right to Life Projects Director

Edmund Burke once said, “All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”  Perhaps it is more accurate to say “when good people only do what is comfortable”.  We all like to think that if we had been present during one of the great injustices of the past that we would have done something about it.  Surely, when faced with a society that accepted such atrocities as the Holocaust, or legalized slavery, or civil rights violations, we would be one of the few who spoke up rather than one of the many who remained silent.  The risk to our personal safety or reputation wouldn’t matter, nor would the time and effort involved. 

However, I think we must ask ourselves, especially as pro-life people, whether our response to the injustice of abortion is a proportionate one.  Maybe, even to us, it may seem dramatic to compare abortion to the aforementioned atrocities.  However, if we really believe in human equality, that every human being is equal in value and dignity no matter his race, gender, faith, or age, then our present plight has a far more staggering death toll.

Every year we are confronted with the legalized slaughter of 1.3 million human beings, and I think we can acknowledge that we are not doing as much as we would if 1.3 million born persons were being killed every year.  If 22 born persons were being legally and brutally killed every day in Louisiana, wouldn’t we have a greater sense of urgency?   

Our involvement often lacks one very important quality: we are unwilling to go beyond our comfort zones.  Perhaps we will take a step or two beyond it, but we have our limits.  This is what prevents many of us from being present to the hurting men and women at abortion facilities.  Every day women choose life simply because someone took the time and trouble to be a prayerful sign of hope to them, to let them know that they are not alone and that there are other options. If we can be that loving support, and potentially save a life, shouldn’t we?

“But if I go to the abortion facility people will see me.”  “If I go people may mock me.”  “I’ve gone before, and no woman ever changed her mind while I was there.”  Do any of these considerations really compare with even the possibility that one child might be allowed to live?  Do any of them absolve us from taking a certain amount of responsibility for what is happening in our community’s back yard?  Yes, some people will be unsettled by your presence, and may be unkind.  But that is not a sign of failure.  Quite the opposite is true.

Any positive change requires a measure of sacrifice.  To lose weight, or attain a degree, or buy a house we know we must be willing to be uncomfortable at times.  Throughout history, change has only come because enough individuals recognized the call and necessity of bursting that bubble of safety, security, and comfort.  The only way that abortion will end, the only way that the intrinsic value of the elderly, disabled, impoverished, and marginalized will be recognized in our nation, is if we are willing to take a stand that is both visible and sacrificial, because doing so awakens our communities from apathy like nothing else can. 

If You Could Save One Life, Would You?

The Impact of 40 Day's For Life  

Over 7,500 women have chosen not to go through with their abortion as a result of the 40 Days for Life campaign of prayer and presence.  That’s 7500 children and women spared the pain of abortion that we know of.

In addition 83 workers have walked away from their jobs in the abortion industry, and last month the fortieth abortion facility in a 40 Days for Life community shut down completely. Half a million volunteers in 19 countries, and 501 cities around the world, including 3 in Louisiana (Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Shreveport-Bossier City) have decided that enough is enough: abortion has to end in our lifetime.

It is this very call to step out in courage, boldness, and humility that makes 40 Days for Life so powerful.  When we go past our fears of what others will think and say, when we ignore the physical discomfort we experience, and when we joyfully make the commitment of our time, energy, and talents, miracles happen. Hearts are changed.  Lives are saved.  

To get involved in 40 Days for Life visit us online at www.40DaysForLifeLA.com 

Life Chains in Louisiana

On Sunday October 6th, communities all across the nation take to the streets in support of life for the annual Life Chain. Whether it is Ruston, Slidell, Baton Rouge, Alexandria, or other places, you can take part in a Life Chain near you. Click to view our best list of local Life Chains in Louisiana. 

Upcoming Events

Nov. 1, 2013: Candlelight Vigil On Claiborne Avenue in NOLA

Nov. 2, 2013: LARTL Conference in New Orleans

Jan. 16, 2014: Proudly Pro-Life Dinner in Kenner

Jan. 18, 2014: Louisiana Life March in BATON ROUGE
(Noon to 2 PM)

Jan. 25, 2014: Louisiana Life March Shreveport
(10 AM to Noon)

Feb. 28 -Mar. 2, 2014: Camp Joshua Ruston

March 7th-9th, 2014: Camp Joshua Covington March 7-9.

April 4th - 6th, 2014: Camp Joshua Baton Rouge

July 27th - 31st, 2014: Joshua Leadership Institute

Louisiana Right to Life, established in 1970, works through education, legislation, activism, and service to restore the right to life in Louisiana by opposing abortion, euthanasia, and other life destroying actions.

 

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