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Louisiana Governor Jindal Signs Proclamation - April as Abortion Recovery Awareness Month

Louisiana Abortion Recovery Alliance Applauds Governor Jindal's Proclamation - Senator Crowe's Resolution

Contact: Cindy Collins, Louisiana Abortion Recovery Alliance, 985-774-4610, speakhope@me.com 

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, April 10 /Christian Newswire/ -- Governor Jindal signed a Proclamation and Louisiana Senator A.G. Crowe signed a Resolution declaring April as Abortion Recovery Awareness Month.

In the Proclamation, Governor Jindal stated, "Abortion recovery programs offer invaluable services that help abortion's living victims heal through individual counseling, support groups, encouragement and education."

Senator Crowe's Resolution commended many recovery programs and referenced the April 2007 Supreme Court ruling, Gonzales v. Carhart. In the ruling, Justice Kennedy stated, that abortion can cause "severe depression and loss of esteem..." Senator Crowe also stated in the Resolution "that it is important for women and men to come forth and receive the help they need."

"One in three American women has had an abortion. 100,000 are in recovery every year. Many of us have held the secret pain of abortion in our hearts for years. We applaud Governor Jindal for recognizing the harm of abortion and setting aside this month to bring awareness to the need for recovery", said Cindy Collins, founder of Louisiana Abortion Recovery Alliance and State Director of Operation Outcry.

Cynthia Labutka, of Lafayette, stated, "Since my abortion in 1980, I've fought clinical depression as well as suffering the loss of two children by miscarriage. As Regional Coordinator of Louisiana Silent No More Awareness, I feel it is time for the voices of women, who have experienced the trauma of abortion, to be heard."

"I've spoken to many women who tell me of the shame, guilt, depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, drug and alcohol abuse..., said Frances Autry, who has been part of the New Orleans Abortion Trauma Hotline for 18 years.

"With the proclamation and resolution, we hope the flood gates of healing will open in Louisiana and allow more and more women and men to become aware there are places of help.", said Stacy Kramer, New Orleans Director for Operation Outcry who also facilitates abortion recovery.

Recovery programs and help are listed on the LARA web site: www.louisianaabortionrecovery.org. Confidential help is also available by calling the New Orleans Hotline at (504)734-5016 or the National Helpline at 1-866-482-LIFE.

We thank Governor Jindal and Senator Crowe for their leadership and in bringing this issue to light.

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Cindy Collins at Louisiana Abortion Recovery Alliance - 985-774-4610 or by email at: speakhope@me.com
web site: www.louisianaabortionrecovery.org