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Pro-Life Advances!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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Jackson Makes a Move for Life!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Jackson Makes a Move for Life!

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LFF Statement on DHH Hearing Postponement

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

LFF Statement on DHH Hearing Postponement 

Contact:  Gene Mills, President, Louisiana Family Forum

Phone:  225-344-8533

E-mail: info@lafamilyforum.org

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.”

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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!

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Louisiana Abortion Regulations!

LFF Commentary

February 2014

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

LFF Commentary

February 2014

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 info@lafamilyforum.org.

For more information, please call the LFF office at 800-606-6470 or go to lafamilyforum.org/2014-longest-married.

Evolution Showdown Tonight!

AnswersInGenesis.org

February 2014

Bill Nye the “Science Guy” and creationist Ken Ham will debate the ongoing controversy of Evolution vs. Creationism tonight at 7 p.m. ET. You can watch online for free here!

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

FourChaplains.org

February 2014

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!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Louisiana Prayer Alert!

LFF Commentary
January 2014

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.

Click here to view the full prayer alert!

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Decoding Common Core

Louisiana Public Broadcasting
January 2014

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!

LFF Commentary
January 2014

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:

Action Page: https://www.votervoice.net/LRTL/campaigns/34345/respond

Teen Pregnancy Drops When PP Leaves!

ChristianPost.com
January 2014

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.”

Read the American Life League report here or click here to read the christianpost.com report.

 

Restoration

Monday, January 27th, 2014

January 24, 2014

Restoration 

It is undeniable that we live in a world filled with imperfections. So I guess being misquoted in the media should not prove a surprise.

For the record, this is my statement on Vitter’s announcement for governor:

“Sen. Vitter has a stellar conservative voting record in the U.S. Senate.” When I was pressed on past troubles of Sen. Vitter, I replied with, “From a biblical standpoint, David has repented of his error, sought forgiveness and reconciliation from his wife and counseling within his church…I think that’s probably as healthy an example of how imperfect hearts, which this world is only made up of, seek restoration.”

The redemptive plan outlined in Gal 6:1 is a biblical “remedy” that is without regard to political affiliation! It is referred to as the “ministry of reconciliation” in 2 Cor. 5:17-20. Sen. Vitter chose to embrace that plan and that is commendable.

So, imagine my disappointment when Jim Beam, writing in the Lake Charles American Press, charged me with allowing “conservatism (to) trump morality.”

The fact is redemptive works are orthodox expressions of Christian morality and family values. My position regarding Sen. Vitter remains to celebrate his personal restoration even if it is an irritant to some or politically inconvenient to others. Beam should direct his indignation to a more suitable circumstance than the one discussed in my comments.

In His Service,

Gene Mills

P.S. – The 2014 Louisiana Life March North is still on in Shreveport tomorrow, January 25th. This year’s theme for the Shreveport March is: “4,003 Lives Too Many.” See you there!

Don’t forget, if you think you know Louisiana’s Longest Married Couple, then submit your entries before February 7, 2014, by sending their contact information and wedding date to info@lafamilyforum.org. For more information, please call the LFF office at 1-800-606-6470.

Entries for couples married over 70 years must be submitted before February 7, 2014, by sending their contact information and wedding date to info@lafamilyforum.org. For more information, please call the LFF office at 800-606-6470.
Entries for couples married over 70 years must be submitted before February 7, 2014, by sending their contact information and wedding date to info@lafamilyforum.org. For more information, please call the LFF office at 800-606-6470.
     
showing your support for life, adoption and family by joining LFF at the Louisiana Life March on January 18th in Baton Rouge or Shreveport on January 25th. – See more at: http://www.lafamilyforum.org/lalifemarch/#sthash.05kQE7Oc.dpuf
showing your support for life, adoption and family by joining LFF at the Louisiana Life March on January 18th in Baton Rouge or Shreveport on January 25th. – See more at: http://www.lafamilyforum.org/lalifemarch/#sthash.05kQE7Oc.dpuf
showing your support for life, adoption and family by joining LFF at the Louisiana Life March on January 18th in Baton Rouge or Shreveport on January 25th. – See more at: http://www.lafamilyforum.org/lalifemarch/#sthash.05kQE7Oc.dpuf

Redefining Marriage!

Friday, January 10th, 2014

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Redefining Marriage

The Heritage Network / The Foundry

January 2014

A federal judge’s ruling now requires New Mexico to recognize same-sex relationships. Utah’s constitutional amendment defying marriage as the union of a man and a woman has now been ruled as “violating” the U.S. Constitution. Utah’s ban on Polygamy has been struck down by a federal judge. According to another federal judge, portions of Ohio’s marriage amendment now violates the U.S. Constitution. All this was happening while the majority of us were celebrating the Christmas season.

The U.S. Constitution does not require redefining marriage. Knowing what equality demands requires knowing what marriage is and why it matters. Marriage exists to bring a man and a woman together as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children their union produces. According to the Heritage Foundation’s ‘The Foundry,‘ redefining marriage would distance the institution from then needs of children while denying them the ideal of having both a mother and a father.

We need to explain well what marriage is, why it matters, and what the consequences will be of redefining it. The courts should not be redefining it.  To help you engage in the debate, Heritage has produced this downloadable booklet using everyday language to explain why marriage matters.

Click here for the full story.

Third Party Reproduction!

Center for Bioethics an Culture Network

January 2014

According to the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, a study guide on the legal, medical, and ethical questions of “Third Party Reproduction” is now available. The study guide is called “Think Again: A Study Guide on the Legal, Medical, and Ethical Questions of Third Party Reproduction.”

Think Again: A Study Guide on the Legal, Medical, and Ethical Questions of Third Party Reproduction is intended for a wide audience and aims to meet the needs of high school groups, university students, law groups, church groups, and any other group interested in the issues of third party reproduction.

The study guide is available for FREE in order to maximize distribution and use. You can download it here.

If you would like to know more about this project, click here.

Genesis Guy Vs. Science Guy!

AmericanVision.org / Gary DeMar

January 2014

On February 4, 2014, Ken Ham, Creation Museum Founder and Answers in Genesis President/CEO will debate Bill Nye at the Creation Museum on this question: “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific world?” Bill Nye is the former host of the popular Bill Nye the Science Guy TV program for children, current Executive Director of the Planetary Society, and he is a frequent pro-evolution guest on TV interview programs.

Gary DeMar of The American Vision states, “First, I never would have agreed to the question being debated. I would have chosen ‘Is Abiogenesis a Viable Model of Origins in any World?’ This is what it’s really all about: Life from non-life. The debate would be over before it started.” Gary goes on to explain, “Ken Ham needs to stick to the operating assumptions of Bill Nye and never let go. It’s called ‘forcing the antithesis,’ pushing him to live in terms of his operating presuppositions.”

To read Gary’s full story, “How I would Debate Bill Nye the UnScience Guy,” click here. LiveStream video can be reserved here.

Life March 2014!

LFF Commentary

January 2014

Coming Soon!  This January marks over 40 years since Roe v. Wade was decided. Since then abortion has taken the lives of over 55 million people. Start 2014 off strong by showing your support for life, adoption and family by joining LFF at the Louisiana Life March on January 18th in Baton Rouge or Shreveport on January 25th. We are excited to announce this year’s theme is “Adoption: The Power of Possibility.”

The March is a special moment to rally with fellow pro-life Louisianans in remembering the lives lost and celebrate the victories in Louisiana through legislation and adoptions! Don’t miss the Ministry Mobilization tent at the end of the March to find out how you can be involved in the pro-life community!

Please share with friends and family these opportunities taking place in Louisiana, both North and South. For more information on the 2014 Louisiana Life March, click here.

Common Ground on Common Core?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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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.”

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An Evening With Eric Metaxas!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

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(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.

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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.

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