Dr. Ray Larry, President
Natalie Barber, Vice President
Jim Angel, Treasurer
Paul Rohlinger, 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.
2021 Pro-Life Oratory Contest: The St. Tammany Right to Life Pro-Life Oratory Contest deadline is April 26. The contest will be done through video this year, and juniors and seniors are eligible to participate.
Students should submit a video of a 5-7 minute speech on the topics of abortion, euthanasia, or fetal stem cell research to Sarah Zagorski at [email protected] Louisiana Right to Life will be judging the contest, and first-, second-, and third-place winners will be announced. The first-place winner will receive a $500 cash prize and be eligible to compete in the state oratory contest in May.
2020-21 Pro-Life Youth Leadership Award: This annual scholarship is given to a high school senior who lives in St. Tammany Parish and attends a St. Tammany high school or homeschool who will graduate in May. Students must be able to demonstrate that they are/have been a pro-life advocate in St. Tammany Parish and with Louisiana Right to Life. Examples include participation in the annual Life Chain event, the pro-life oratory contest, a PULSE camp sponsored by LARTL, pro-life clubs at school or in the community and volunteer time and support for a crisis pregnancy center in Slidell or Covington.
The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship award. The application deadline is April 5. Complete rules can be found on the scholarship application.
2021 St. Tammany Life Chains: Hundreds of pro-lifers are expected to stand (or sit) in peaceful and prayerful protest against abortion this fall during the St. Tammany Life Chain events. This will be the 30th year for a Life Chain in St. Tammany Parish. Check back this fall for details.
2019-2020 Pro-Life Youth Leadership Award: St. Tammany Right to Life presented the 2020 Pro-life Youth Leadership scholarship to Billi Barber, a graduate of Slidell High School. Billi received a $1000 scholarship. Billi graduated with a 4.3 gpa and in the top 10% of her graduating class. She will be attending Louisiana College in Pineville, majoring in Vocal Music Education.
2020 Oratory Contest Winners: Kacie Edson of Slidell High and Thien-Y Nguyen of Pope John Paul.
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.