July 8, 2022

Dear Friends,

The Louisiana Supreme Court punted on its responsibility!

In a 4-2 decision, the Louisiana Supreme Court denied AG Jeff Landry’s petition to dissolve the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) obtained by a Shreveport abortionist. The court's inaction allows abortion to continue in Louisiana…for the moment.

The majority decision to delay enforcement of Louisiana law was made by Justices Scott Crichton (2nd District - Shreveport-Bossier), Jeff Hughes (5th District- Baton Rouge), James Genovese (3rd District- Acadiana and Lake Charles), and Piper Griffin (7th District - Orleans). 

Justice Will Crain (1st District - Northshore and Jefferson) and Jay McCallum (4th District - Monroe and Alexandria) correctly would have dissolved the TRO allowing Louisiana life laws to take effect. Chief Justice Weimer (6th District - Bayou Parishes) recused himself.  

The Louisiana Supreme Court could have saved unborn lives and time by simply lifting the TRO and allowing the Louisiana law to go into effect while the process answers the “vague and ambiguous” question, which will return to this court. Justice Crain correctly warned his collogues, “everyday this temporary restraining order remains in place leads to more babies lost from abortion.” 

Chief Justice Weimer’s recusal lacked courage and Justice Jeff Hugh’s decision will be difficult to explain back home! 

Today, Attorney General Jeff Landry will be in district court in Orleans Parish to seek removal of the TRO and implementation of the Louisiana law.

Make no mistake: Abortion, Inc. has been evicted from Louisiana by law. The only question which these proceedings will answer is the effective date!

 

Halfway through 2022, New Orleans leads the nation in homicides.

New Orleans tops Baltimore (29.1) and Birmingham (28.0) with a murder rate of 36.8 per 100,000 people. As of June 30, New Orleans has already witnessed 145 murders.

To make Louisiana - and especially New Orleans - a better place for families, public safety must improve. Mayor LaToya Cantrell's administration has stated they are pursuing projects such as a "basic income pilot" to address what they see as the root cause of violence - but they are missing the obvious. Broken homes lead to violence, and violence results in further broken homes. It's a tragic cycle, but one that must be disrupted by the gospel and common sense public safety measures.

While politicians debate on what type of government intervention to employ, the people of New Orleans suffer.

 

I had the pleasure to speak at The Church International over the weekend, and I shared my story of God’s guidance at every step and unlikely turn along my life’s journey. The series, “God is in this Story,” was so clearly evident in the recent Dobbs victory trumping Roe

After 4 decades and 5 months of a legal wilderness, God has allowed us to enter into a new era: a Post-Roe Louisiana! Now our task is to restore a respect life ethic and prepare churches, non-profits and others in reaching and assisting the vulnerable. (See Louisiana After Roe: A Five Part Strategy Moving Forward.)

Through this long and exhausting battle, at times it seemed all hope was lost, still we stood with diligence. I heard the cry of unborn in 1985 and it purposed me to make Louisiana abortion-free. Others are being “purposed” as well to teach this generation “to observe all that I have commanded you.”

We should celebrate the progress we have achieved so far. With God’s guidance we may reach a generation in need of healing, help and restoration!  

You can watch the service here.

 

After the overturn of Roe v. Wade, 90 prosecutors announced that they refuse to enforce pro-life laws. In a joint statement, these prosecutors asserted that they believe “that prosecutors have a responsibility to refrain from using limited criminal legal system resources to criminalize personal medical decisions.” This is lawlessness and indefensible!

Regrettably, District Attorney Jason Williams of Orleans Parish has publicly stated that he will not enforce Louisiana’s pro-life laws. 

Apparently, we live in an era where it is not just Gen-Z which chooses its own truth - legal professionals now can pick and choose which laws they decide to enforce.

 

Friends, the duty is ours, the results are the Lord's! We will continue to pray and ask for His guidance as we engage this generation with Truth.

In His Service,


Gene Mills
President
Louisiana Family Forum

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