Over 3,000 at
first Louisiana Life March!
750 Louisiana Pro-Life Students also Gather at Geaux
Forth in Washington, DC
Part Two of Three
Editor's note. The
following overview of the many pro-life activities
relating to the January 22 anniversary of Roe v. Wade
was sent out last week by Benjamin Clapper, executive
director of Louisiana RTL.
I am returning
this evening from Washington after a fast-paced few days
in the fight for life. And what a few days it has been!
In DC, the
atmosphere was outstanding, as it was clear people
sensed the pro-life movement was gaining ground. We had
the opportunity to meet with a number of the new
Congressional class, and their passion instills our
movement with new confidence to defeat the abortion
advances in the Capitol City.
But the best part
of being in DC was knowing that the energy was not only
Like most others,
I was blown away by what happened on Saturday at the
first Louisiana Life March. The Capitol police estimated
over 3,000 people united to march for an abortion-free
Louisiana, by far the largest pro-life gathering in
Louisiana in at least the past 15 years.
The message was
clear: it's time to create an abortion-free Louisiana,
both by changing the law and changing the culture. No
longer can we sit back and wait on leaders to make
changes. We must be willing to enter our communities and
build a culture of life from the bottom-up.
As we left the Old
State Capitol and marched down Fourth Street, it seemed
like the people just continued to come around the
corner. At one point, the march easily stretched six
On the steps of
the Capitol, the crowd was electric. Whether it was the
beautiful 'Voices of Louisiana College', the bell
memorial by Gene Mills, Dr. Richard Land's inspiring
message, or Michelle Durand's heartfelt testimony, the
event left an impact on many people.
Sure, it was a
first time event, and there were a few things that could
be done differently in the future (Saturday January
21st, 2012 to be exact), but overall, the Louisiana Life
March exceeded expectations.
Thanks to the
many, many sponsors, speakers, and volunteers who made
the event possible. I am confident we are moving closer
to making our state abortion-free!
Geaux Forth in
But, as if that
was not enough, later that evening in Washington DC,
nearly 800 high school and college students from
Louisiana gathered at our "Geaux Forth 2011 Preaux Life
Begun last year,
the Geaux Forth event is our way to challenge our
amazing pro-life youth to return home after the March
for Life to be actively pro-life. Our band, comprised of
Chris Cole and Adam Trufant, was great, and guests such
as Congressman John Fleming provided great education to
question, the highlight of the event was Archbishop
Gregory Aymond's keynote address which, according to a
student, "rocked the house."
for inspiring the students to be actively pro-life!
And, if you are
wondering, I cannot bi-locate. Kacie Hampton, our Youth
Programs Director on staff, coordinated the Geaux Forth
event in DC. Great job Kacie!
March for Life
and other stuff
I did arrive
Sunday[ January 23] to DC for a few meetings and events,
and joined the Louisiana crew on Monday for the March
for Life and our Congressional Reception afterwards.
Thanks to Senator Vitter, Congressman Scalise, and newly
elected Congressman Landry for joining us!
I also had the
opportunity to speak to a coalition of pro-life students
from Jesuit colleges and universities called the "Ignatian
Pro-Life Network" on the National Mall today. This
fantastic group of students from across the nation
labors to remind the Ignatian community (I am a graduate
of Loyola New Orleans!) that the task of creating a just
society must begin in the womb. Kudos to these students!
After a long
meeting today, I am glad to be coming home to be with my
family, and looking forward to capitalizing on the
excitement generated this weekend.
Let us not be
weary in advocating on behalf of the innocent!! I
believe, together, we can create an abortion-free state!
For a Pro-Life