There is much to love about my home state of Louisiana- the spicy Cajun and Creole cuisine, warm weather, friendly people, entertaining politics, and of course, the LSU Tigers. However, my favorite thing about Louisiana is our unique commitment as a state to protecting mothers and children from the harms of abortion.
While most states have intense battles over the abortion issue, Louisiana has long since abandoned the typical partisan divide over abortion, becoming one of the most pro-life states in the nation. In the 2015 Gubernatorial Election, not only did all of the major candidates run on a pro-life platform, it was a pro-life Democrat, John Bel Edwards, who eventually emerged as the victor. Being pro-life was more than just a platform plank to win votes in a red state for Governor Edwards, and I was privileged to witness his strong commitment to life first hand as I worked with him and his staff on a number of important pro-life bills during the 2016 Legislative Session.
Not only was Gov. Edwards willing to meet with pro-life leaders to discuss our bills, but he made it a point to make his staff available to assist us in the drafting and presentation of the legislation. Gov. Edwards even sent his Chief of Staff Ben Nevers, a prominent former Democratic Senator, to testify in committee in favor of a bill defunding Planned Parenthood in the state…
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