Dr. Ray Larry, President
Michelle Gorney, Vice President
Jim Angel, Treasurer
Natalie Barber, Secretary
St. Tammany Right to Life is a non-denominational 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to promoting life. St. Tammany RTL became a chapter of Louisiana Right to Life in 1986 with its primary focus on education and legislation.
St Tammany RTL has been a resource for schools by providing speakers to show the fetal development models (rubber models showing in real scale the development of the fetus in the womb) to elementary and high school youth. Working alongside the Crises Pregnancy Centers and many churches, St. Tammany Right to Life members have given countless Pro Life presentations and worked tirelessly on legislation and ensuring that voters are informed regarding candidates’ positions on life issues.
Four annual events are hosted by St. Tammany Right to Life: Life Chains in East and West St. Tammany, which attract 1000-plus people; the St. Tammany Right to Life Oratory Contest for high school juniors and seniors; March for Life in East St. Tammany; and Pro-Life Youth Scholarship awards for graduating St. Tammany parish seniors. Quarterly meetings are held in February, May, August, and November at different locations in St. Tammany to encourage participation by all members and interested persons passionate about a Pro-Life Louisiana.
The chapter also offers scholarships to PULSE Weekend Immersions and the PULSE Leadership Institute for high school and college students and supports the crisis pregnancy centers.
Please email [email protected] for the next meeting time and place!
It’s easy to become a member. Just download the form by clicking the link below, fill out and mail in. The membership fee is $25 per year.
Quarterly Meeting: Meetings are held quarterly, rotating from the east to west side of the parish. Dates will be announced. Everyone is invited these meetings.
2019-2020 Pro-Life Youth Leadership Award: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for applications for the Pro-Life Youth Leadership Award has been extended until June 30. St. Tammany Right to Life awards a scholarship each year to a deserving senior who lives in St. Tammany Parish and attends a St. Tammany Parish high school or is homeschooled. Students must be able to demonstrate they have been and are a pro-life advocate in St. Tammany or with Louisiana Right to Life. Get more information by downloading the flyer.
To be eligible to apply, students must be high school seniors at a St. Tammany Parish high school (public, parochial or private) or homeschool who will graduate in May. Students must demonstrate that they have been/are a pro-life advocate in St. Tammany Parish and with Louisiana Right to Life. For instance, participation in the annual Life Chain, Pro-Life Oratory Contest, PULSE camp, or pro-life clubs at school or in the community; volunteer time and support to one of the parish’s two pregnancy resource centers, etc. Students must also have a 2.5 or higher GPA.
2020 Oratory Contest: St. Tammany Right to Life’s 2020 Pro-Life Oratory Contest for juniors and seniors is now being held by video. First prize is $500, second prize is $250 and third prize is $100. The winner also be entered into the state contest and eligible to receive a $500 prize from Louisiana Right to Life. Speeches should be 5-7 minutes on the topics abortion, euthanasia, or fetal stem cell research. Speeches should be submitted by video by May 30 to Sarah Zagorski at [email protected] For more information email [email protected]
2019 Scholarship Winner: St. Tammany Right to Life presented the 2019 Pro-life Youth Leadership scholarship to Claire Worchel, a graduate of Pope John Paul High School in Slidell. Claire received a $500 scholarship as well as a crystal flame statue award.
This was the second year a scholarship has been presented by the organization.
2019 Oratory Contest: St. Tammany Right to Life held its Pro-Life Oratory Contest on April 16. Winner Gabrielle Adams advanced to the state oratory competition, where she placed third. Summer Crawford finished second in the local oratory contest, and Jamie Otto was third. At the time of the contest the students were 11th graders at First Baptist Christian School and students in Mrs. Melissa Billeaud’s 11th-grade English class.
2019 Pro-Life Walk: St. Tammany Right to Life sponsored the 2019 Pro-Life Walk at a new location this year. A large group of pro-lifers joined in the fun on Feb. 2 at Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane, and celebrated the gift of life!
2019 Life Chains: Hundreds of pro-lifers stood (or sat) in a peaceful and prayerful protest against abortion in one of two St. Tammany Life Chains in October, one in Slidell and another in Covington. This was the 28th year for a Life Chain in St. Tammany Parish.