By Taylor Gautreaux
Having the fourth annual Pro-Life Women’s Conference right in our back yard was an extremely refreshing retreat from these past few weeks. Between the New Orleans City Council “resolution” against the heartbeat law recently passed by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards and a “boozy bake sale” to benefit Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and the New Orleans Abortion Fund, it was easy to feel discouraged in the Crescent City.
But last weekend, more than 800 pro-life women flooded our city to stand for the dignity of all human life. The conference featured panels of former abortion workers, pro-life physicians, and women who are healing from their abortions and a special appearance by former New Orleans Saint Benjamin Watson in main sessions as well as many breakout sessions on current pro-life issues. It was a jam-packed weekend of information and comraderie.
The most interesting part of the conference was connecting with women from as far away as Canada. Hearing about the climate toward the pro-life cause in other states made me realize how fortunate I am to work in such a wonderful environment.
Though the past few weeks have seemed grim here in the city, there’s an army of strong women rising up for the case of life. Whether it be on the sidewalk, at a crisis pregnancy center, or at a non-profit organization, when women lead, we turn dreams into a reality. When women lead, the truth of abortion is brought out into the light. When women lead, other women become empowered to choose life.
Taylor Gautreaux is a student at Southeastern Louisiana University and an intern with Louisiana Right to Life.