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LFF Statement on DHH Hearing Postponement
Contact: Gene Mills, President, Louisiana Family Forum
For Immediate Release: 02/04/2014
Baton Rouge, La.–Prompted by changes in Louisiana law, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has been working on revisions to existing abortion facility regulations for two years.DHH has accepted written comments and planned a public hearing for Tuesday based on those revisions. However, late Monday evening, DHH issued this notice of cancellation on their website.
Gene Mills, President of the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF), released this statement regarding the cancellation of today’s hearing:
“Secretary Kathy Kliebert has proposed modest, common sense measures to protect Louisiana women and children and to insure that the Louisiana abortion industry operates by standards comparable to other outpatient surgery centers. LFF commends DHH and Secretary Kliebert for these responsible efforts.
DHH has been under strident attack for the last two weeks by aggressive abortion profiteers who support the deregulation of the abortion industry in Louisiana. The public hearing delay is DHH’s due diligence before publishing rules for those who market abortions in Louisiana. The public will have an opportunity to comment at a rescheduled hearing in the near future.
We are grateful for the leadership which the Jindal Administration has taken in implementing the will of the Louisiana Legislature to guard against dangerous conditions in these facilities.”
Louisiana Family Forum, the “voice for traditional families in Louisiana” is dedicated to preserving faith, family and freedom in Louisiana through research, communication and networking. The organization is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible non-profit and is the statewide affiliate of Focus on the Family.
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Louisiana Abortion Regulations!
Prompted by changes in Louisiana law, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has been working on revisions to existing abortion facility regulations for two years. DHH has accepted written comments and planned a public hearing for Tuesday based on those revisions. However, late Monday evening, DHH issued this notice of cancellation on their website.
Gene Mills, President of the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF), released this statement regarding the cancellation of today’s hearing: “Secretary Kathy Kliebert has proposed modest, common sense measures to protect Louisiana women and children and to insure that the Louisiana abortion industry operates by standards comparable to other outpatient surgery centers. LFF commends DHH and Secretary Kliebert for these responsible efforts. DHH has been under strident attack for the last two weeks by aggressive abortion profiteers who support the deregulation of the abortion industry in Louisiana. The public hearing delay is DHH’s due diligence before publishing rules for those who market abortions in Louisiana.”
Click here to read LFF’s full statement and press release.
Covenant Keepers Hall of Fame
Each year Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) looks forward to finding the Top 10 Longest Married Couples in the state to recognize them for their loving legacies and covenant-keeping faith in each other and the institution of marriage. The Top 10 Longest Married Couples will receive an Official Statement of Special Recognition from the Governor’s office and will be entered into the LFF Covenant Keepers “Marriage Hall of Fame.”
The Longest Married will also be honored with a reception in the Governor’s Mansion and will be joined by family, media and friends to celebrate the occasion.
Today, LFF would like to honor past Top-Ten Hall of Fame members, Edward and Hilda Guedry on their 74th Wedding Anniversary! The Guedrys celebrated with LFF last year at the Governor’s Mansion. During the reception, an arrangement of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” was played by Eugene Botts on the piano as Edward set his cane aside and invited his bride to dance. The guests in the Great Room in the Mansion fell silent, eyes were tear filled, and we witnessed a special expression of “seasoned love.”
Entries for couples married over 70 years must be submitted before February 14, 2014, by sending their contact information and wedding date to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please call the LFF office at 800-606-6470 or go to lafamilyforum.org/2014-longest-married.
Evolution Showdown Tonight!
Is creation science a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era? Leading creation apologist and bestselling author Ken Ham is joined by Emmy Award-winning science educator and CEO of the Planetary Society Bill Nye. Tonight’s debate has already generated significant attention from national media.
While some evolutionary theorists and atheists have chastised Nye for his willingness to publicly face-off against Ham, the former PBS host hasn’t been swayed by their arguments. Instead, Nye has defended his decision to appear at the event, which will be held at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.
Ham says that public debates over evolution and creation science are rare and that this face-off provides a unique opportunity for the public to hear both sides of the ever-contentious issue. Click here for more information, and click here to watch online for free!
Four Chaplains Day
They gave their lives so others could live!
On the frigid night of FEBRUARY 3, 1943, the overcrowded Allied ship U.S.A.T. Dorchester, carrying 902 servicemen, plowed through the dark waters near Greenland. At 1:00 a.m., a Nazi submarine fired a torpedo into the transport’s flank, killing many in the explosion and trapping others below deck. It sank in 27 minutes.
In the chaos of fire, smoke, oil and ammonia, four chaplains calmed sailors and distributed life-jackets: Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed; Lt. John P. Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish. When there were no more life-jackets, the four chaplains ripped off their own and put them on four young men.
As the ship went down, survivors floating in rafts could see the four chaplains linking arms and bracing themselves on the slanting deck. They bowed their heads in prayer as they sank to their icy deaths.
Congress honored them by declaring this “Four Chaplains Day.” In his address President Dwight Eisenhower stated, “As a former soldier, I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth-that there are no atheists in the foxholes.”
Click here to read the full story of “The Saga of the Four Chaplains” and to read their bios!
Louisiana Prayer Alert!
Louisiana and much of the country is currently covered with a dangerous layer of ice and snow, with more threatening.
PLEASE join us in praying for our state and nation as many deal with the effects of this “ice event” and ask God to protect, preserve and provide in the midst of this event.
The State of the Union address is tonight. Internal White House documents indicate the president plans to go it alone without a request for congressional action. He has indicated that with his “phone & pen,” ample executive authority exists.
Pray that the U.S. balance of power among the branches of government passes this stress test. Ask God to prompt the elected and the appointed judiciary to respect their oath of office and to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
Ask God to place burdens upon the hearts of elected officials to tackle big issues with bold actions and give them powerful words that startle the disengaged into hearing and shock the capable into action.
Ask God to touch the hearts of pastors to defend and preserve the values we cherish and to strengthen our resolve to be influential in Faith, Family and with the Freedom we have inherited.
Decoding Common Core
Louisiana Public Broadcasting
Louisiana is one of forty-five states that have adopted the State Common Core Standards for math and language arts, the first-ever national academic standards.
Supporters of the Common Core standards say they will increase rigor and help every student learn what they need to succeed.
Critics say the standards are untested, being poorly implemented and lower expectations for students.
So, what do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core?
Louisiana Public Square explores the controversial academic standards on “Decoding Common Core” available at http://beta.lpb.org/index.php/publicsquare/topic/01_14_-_decoding_common_core/.
Click here for an alternative view, “Story-Killers: How the Common Core Destroys Minds and Souls,” presented by Dr. Terrence O. Moore, Assistant Professor of History at Hillsdale College.
DHH Ramps Up Clinic Regs!
On Tuesday, February 4th, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) will hold a public hearing to allow comments on their proposed changes to the regulation of abortion facilities in the state. DHH has been working on this for some time in order to make abortion facility requirements consistent with those for other medical facilities.
These new regulations will bring modest improvements that will protect the women of Louisiana from an industry looking to cut costs and maximize abortions sold.
Now, advocates of the abortion industry, including the New Orleans law firm Schonekas, Evans, McGoey & McEachin, L.L.C. and a group called the “New Orleans Abortion Fund,” are mounting opposition to the changes proposed by DHH.
They are looking to stop DHH from making these common-sense modifications.
DHH is accepting public comment. You can do your part by sending your thoughts to the DHH to express your support for these rule changes that better protect women.
Our friends at Louisiana Right to Life have set up a special link so that you can easily do this:
Teen Pregnancy Drops When PP Leaves!
A study across the Texas Panhandle, using government statistics from 16 counties, found that the teen pregnancy rates among 13-17-year olds from 1994 through 2010 showed dramatic declines even as Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) facilities in the region shut down—dwindling from 19 family planning facilities to zero.
PPFA has publicly maintained that it serves a key health-care role for the American public by educating teens on “safe sex,” providing contraceptives, and reducing pregnancies.
This analysis of Planned Parenthood and teen pregnancy in the Texas panhandle, done by the American Life League, refutes that claim, finding that the teen pregnancy rate “reached its lowest point in recorded history two years after disaffiliation of the last two remaining PPFA facilities.”
Click here for the full version.
Common Ground on Common Core?
Whether you support the Common Core State Education Standards (CCSS) or despise them, legitimate issues are emerging with respect to their implementation in Louisiana’s public schools.
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is moving to answer public dissent and is attempting to address concerns enumerated by parents, teachers, and lawmakers.
You will recall that in this opinion piece released by Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) highlighted corrective action required by BESE:
“Consequently, officials must ensure the ‘confidentiality’ of data, collected from Louisiana students is protected and only made available with the written consent of parents… control belongs to the most local level, which includes parents and school boards… the best course of action is for BESE to assure teachers, parents, and school boards of their resolve to eliminate federal interference in Louisiana classrooms.”
(Sponsored by Louisiana Family Forum and Living Word Church of Houma)
WHO: Eric Metaxas, author of 7 Men; Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy; and Amazing Grace, all of which have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List.
WHERE: Living Word Church of Houma, 1916 Hwy 311, Schriever, LA, (985) 851-6915 or (985) 688-9647.
WHEN: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7:00pm. Metaxas will be available to personally sign his books before and after the meeting. Doors open at 6:00pm.
Eric Metaxas, author, speaker, and commentator, will be in Houma on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7:00pm at Living Word Church of Houma, 1916 Hwy 311, Schriever, LA, (985) 851-6915 or (985) 688-9647.
The institution of the Church is the primary force to affect change in a culture that so desperately needs it. God has commissioned us both individually and collectively to go and be the salt and light of the world, and to let that light shine before men. It is for this reason Eric Metaxas is coming to speak in Houma.
Many of us are concerned regarding the trends of our culture and are asking the question “What kind of world are our kids growing up in? “The efforts of Eric Metaxas, along with his team at BreakPoint, a ministry founded by Chuck Colson, are on the cutting edge of affecting change in our culture. They work tirelessly and are outspoken and active on a range of issues like abortion, defense of marriage, and the threat to religious freedom in America, just to name a few. They are winsome and articulate proponents of “making the invisible kingdom visible.” They work side by side in unity with people of different faiths.
Mr. Metaxas has written several books about Christian men who made an impact on the culture of their generation and we are experiencing the effects their efforts today. These are men who literally changed the world we now live in. Some of those books are 7 Men, Bonhoeffer Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, and Amazing Grace, all of which have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List. Mr. Metaxas will be available to personally sign his books before and after the meeting on November 8th.
As someone whose faith was affronted by liberal philosophy in his college years at Yale, Mr. Metaxas has a special aptitude to engage the intellectual Christian, and provide students with the tools they will need to engage the counter-Christian ideologies they will face if they pursue higher education. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit local ministries in Houma such as Hope Extreme and The House of Restoration, as well as missionaries currently serving around the world.
Eric is funny and engaging, an entertaining speaker who speaks truth throughout his message. He has moderated debates with Bishop Spong and President Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright; and has spoken at the White House, including the keynote speaker at the 2009 Presidential Prayer Breakfast, on Capitol Hill, at West Point, Yale, Cornell, Princeton, and many other venues, and was the featured speaker at the 2008 Louisiana Governor’s Prayer Breakfast in Baton Rouge.