June 7, 2022
Sine die was called early last night at 5:39pm ending the 2022 Legislative Session.
LFF’s top three measures, Protecting Women’s Sports, Age Verification for Online Porn, and a series of licensure and education savings accounts items all passed the Louisiana legislature and are poised to become law!
Louisiana Family Forum is pleased with Governor John Bel Edwards’ decision to allow the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (SB 44 by Senator Beth Mizell) to go into law without his signature. Edwards’ decision not to veto the measure again is consistent with distinctively Louisiana values and the bipartisan support this bill has garnered in consecutive legislative sessions. Fairness in Women’s Sports officially became law yesterday!
See LFF's full statement on the passage of SB 44 here and CNN's complaint here. Thank you for standing up for women's sports in 2021 and 2022!
Sen. Katrina Jackson’s SB 388, the “Trigger law" which LFF made its top pro-life bill of the 2022 session, has passed and is on Governor Edwards’ desk for his signature.
SB 388 bans mail-order abortions in Louisiana, meaning it will be illegal for chemical abortion pills to be shipped to any person in Louisiana. This is a particularly crucial measure as the mail-order abortion industry is already burgeoning.
The bill has gained national attention from outlets like The Daily Wire and Catholic Vote because it is getting out and ahead of the crisis that will be brought from chemical abortion pills in the United States! For more, read The Hill's "White House criticizes Louisiana abortion bill as 'radical."
Please pray for Gov. John Bel Edwards – that he signs all legislation that protects life, liberty and God's design!
In an op-ed for The Washington Stand, Attorney General Jeff Landry excoriates the continued attack on freedom and liberty in Louisiana. Writing specifically about COVID lockdowns and mandates, Landry recalls the targeted persecution of Christians:
"The governor — by a stroke of his pen, not a law passed by the legislature — imposed a purported criminal prohibition of permitting more than 50 people to worship in church together during a pandemic.
A number of pastors disregarded the governor’s lockdown mandates and held worship. One’s public defiance led to him be surveilled by police and cited for six misdemeanors, which exposed him to a possible three years in prison. His case worked its way through the courts, and my office filed legal briefs on his behalf. At oral arguments before the Louisiana Supreme Court, the governor’s lawyer made it perfectly clear why they targeted the pastor: because he was “unrepentant.”
You read that right: because of a pastor being “unrepentant,” the government came after him, charged him with a crime the governor created, and openly admitted it was retaliatory.
Does that sound like America — the land that our fallen paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect? The place where people come in droves to live for a taste of the freedoms our nation supposedly provides?"
Read the full op-ed here.
Friends, thank you for your prayers and advocacy throughout the entire legislative session! I could not be prouder of Team LFF – which includes you! – for advancing critical legislation in the areas of life, liberty, and the limited government which makes Louisiana family-friendly. Keep up the prayers; we’re not yet through! The governor must sign these important pieces of legislation into law.
In His Service,
President, Louisiana Family Forum
P.S. Pastors and church leadership, please join us for a pro-life luncheon this Thursday to prepare for life after Roe! RSVP to: TJ@ProLifeLouisiana.org