Although Acadiana benefits from broad support for pro-life values, we cannot take this for granted. We must act today to preserve the pro-life legacy of Acadiana.
The Zerben Bienvenu and William Smith Fund for Acadiana Pro-Life Education will lead the way in effective public education to form the next generation of pro-life leaders, our youth.
The Fund offers educational presentations and training programs to all schools, churches, and other organizations at no charge. The educational programs can easily be brought in as an additional resource to your current programs.
Call Jacob Tonglet at 337.524.0044 or email him at [email protected]
As abortion was legalized across America by the Supreme Court in 1973, the pioneers of the right to life movement in Acadiana, Dr. William l. Smith, Dr. Zerben H. Bienvenu, Dr. Wilton Bergeron, and other individuals and families, united with the goal to ensure Acadiana would resist the advance of the culture of death. Their sacrifices created one of the most pro-life regions of the nation, keeping abortions at bay in Acadiana. Their model of pervasive education in every arena was built upon authentically scientific and logically accurate about the dignity of each life.
While the pro-life spirit of Acadiana remains, education is not as strong as it once was. In 2018, statistics showed that 461 women from the 7-parish region had abortions.
To preserve the pro-life spirit of Acadiana and save the tragic lives lost to abortion, the Fund for Acadiana Pro Life Education has been established in honor of Drs. Bienvenu and Smith to develop and sustain a pro-life educational initiative for all of Acadiana by encouraging young people to become advocates for the unborn, elderly, and terminally ill.