On July 16, 2020, the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following statement indicating their support of the "Love Life" Amendment that will be on the Louisiana ballot during the November 3rd election.
"The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops strongly supports the Love Life Amendment, which would successfully amend the Louisiana constitution and thereby continue to strengthen our commitment to end abortion in the state. Citizens of our state will have the opportunity to affirmatively state that they "Love Life" on November 3 — the same day as the United States presidential election — by favoring this amendment.
As Catholics, we are called to ensure that life is indeed valued and that the dignity of all is upheld. This is the foundational principle of our social teaching and must be intentionally considered in all that we do.
Passage of the Love Life Amendment would have a dual effect. Primarily, it will ensure that the state of Louisiana cannot establish a right to abortion at present or if Roe v. Wade is overturned in the future. Secondly, it will prohibit the funding of abortion through taxpayer dollars within our constitution. Without such an amendment, the invalidation of the many anti-abortion laws we have all advocated so strongly for in Louisiana remains a possibility.
The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops therefore enthusiastically supports the Love Life Amendment, and encourages all to approach this initiative with a formed conscience and a commitment to defend the sanctity of human life and uphold the dignity of all people."
The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops Board of Directors includes: The Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans; The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles; The Most Reverend Michael G. Duca, Bishop of Baton Rouge; The Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre, Bishop of Houma-Thibodeaux; The Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel, Bishop of Lafayette; The Most Reverend Francis I. Malone, Bishop of Shreveport; The Most Reverend Robert W. Marshall Jr., Bishop-Elect of Alexandria; and The Most Reverend Fernand J. Cheri, Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans.