April 26, 2022
Yesterday we celebrated Pro-Life Day at the Capitol. LFF joined with Louisiana Right to Life and pro-life leaders from around the state to review our progress and to prepare for life after Roe. It was an encouraging day.
✅ Sen. Sharon Hewitt moved SB 388 which prohibits mail-order abortion drugs sent directly to pregnant women. The bill passed with only two votes in opposition.
❌ Rep. Aimee Freeman moved HB 303 out of the House Commerce Committee. This bill creates a new protected class on basis of a still legally undefined and ever expanding “sexual orientation and gender identity.” This housing mandate would eclipse any moral or ethical concerns among landlords or home sellers about potential renters or buyers. The bill passed by a 6-8 vote and now is headed to the House floor.
Today, Rep. Laurie Schlegel will present HB 142 to her House colleagues for a vote. This bill protects children from online pornography. Rep. Mark Wright will also debate his HB 640 which requires vaccine manufacturers to include in the packaging of their products information about whether or not the production of the vaccine involved abortion-derived fetal cells. This bill does not speak to the ethics or efficacy of the drugs but simply provides informed consent for the consumer.
Tonight, LFF will join with Louisiana Right to Life in celebrating life at the Bowties for Babies event. Tickets are still available but they are going fast!
The Biden administration has worked tirelessly to redefine God’s design of biology and to propagate subjective definitions of gender. “Sex-discrimination” is no longer simply determined among men or women; it now includes a broad new category that is undefined and indeterminate. It now includes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI).
Legislation such as the Equality Act and Build Back Better would cement gender ideology into federal law have been heavily debated by concerned members of Congress who are trying to block their passage. They can also expect to see more bills next year in areas such as education and medicine.
Louisiana experienced this yesterday in the House Commerce committee with Rep. Aimee Freeman's “non-discrimination in housing" bill.
LFF pledges to protect parental rights, require school transparency, ensure fairness in female sports, and protect children from harmful gender experimentation. Many of the bills in Louisiana’s legislative session support such measures and it is imperative that they are passed.
Franklin Graham, CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, called out Disney for promoting LGBT content to children. "What has happened at Disney is moral failure,” he said. “Walt Disney had a vision for wholesome family entertainment. He was committed to the family. The morals of the corporate leadership of Disney today are in the gutter, and they want to redefine family counter to God's original design and flaunt sin."
He also commended Florida governor Ron DeSantis for taking a stand against sexual indoctrination by signing into law the Parental Rights in Education Act and dissolving Disney World’s special governing power which was known as The Reedy Creek Improvement Act and signed in 1967.
In a TikTok video gone viral, an elementary school teacher in Livingston, Louisiana argues that she should be allowed to talk about Jesus if others can teach her children about “gender identity.”
“I should be able to teach them about Jesus and how God created them a boy or a girl on purpose and for a purpose,” she said. “If educators have the freedom to teach my child that they might be confused about their gender, then I should also have the liberty to teach your child that God did not make a mistake when He created them. I think it’s time we even out the playing ground.”
Some are calling for her termination.
LFF salutes teachers and administrators who advocate for childhood innocence rather than sexual indoctrination in the classroom!
Friends, there is a battle being waged all around us and we must be physically, mentally, and spiritually engaged if we hope to prevail. The stakes are high and there is no neutral ground. Pray for our Capitol, Louisiana churches, our schools, our state, its leaders, and our nation. It is only through Christ that we can impact change or witness transformation with the power of the Gospel.
In His Service,
President, Louisiana Family Forum
P.S. Louisiana Family Forum is proud to join Right On Crime, Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church, State Representative Rick Edmonds, and others in the community to lead a Day of Prayer Service to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Baton Rouge tomorrow, April 27th. Learn more here.