Statement on 40 Days for Life
Baton Rouge Fall Campaign 2016

The leadership of the 40 Days for Life Baton Rouge campaign, co-sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and Baton Rouge Right to Life, extends its prayers and support to all those who have been affected by the floods that devastated our communities in the last month. The impact of this tragedy is enormous, and the road ahead will be long. At the same time, we are inspired and comforted by the outpouring of compassion and support from our local community and beyond. We trust that, with the Lord’s help, our communities will recover from these losses and create a new and vibrant spirit once again.

The reality of the scope of this unprecedented devastation resulting from a 1,000-year flood event has required us to re-consider the prudence of moving forward with this year’s campaign.The damage to thousands of homes, schools, businesses and churches as well as the continuing displacement of families who face months of recovery ahead, have led us to decide to cancel this year’s Fall campaign in Baton Rouge. So far, damage to 55,000 homes has been documented with the number expected to rise to over 110,000 as a result of the August floods.The full magnitude of the disaster is still being determined by local, state and federal authorities. This was a difficult decision but one that was reached unanimously by all leadership parties involved.

Though there will not be a formal 40 Days for Life campaign, individuals and groups are strongly encouraged to continue to pray for an end to abortion. Tragically, one of the resulting impacts from the flooding will likely be an increase in the abortion rate as women facing unplanned pregnancies are burdened with the loss of their homes, jobs and family support system. Please support our local pregnancy resource centers that need our support now more than ever. We also urge those who feel called to action to participate in the New Orleans 40 Days for Life Campaign. Information can be found at

We wish to thank all who have participated in the 40 Days for Life campaign in the past and we hope that this same dedication will allow us to resume this campaign next year.                                                                                        

Danielle Van Haute
Co-Campaign Director
Respect Life Coordinator
Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge

Charlotte Bergeron
Co-Campaign Director
Baton Rouge Right to Life



The 2015 campaign was a huge success with 13 unborn babies confirmed saved. Between 2011-2015, 76 babies have been saved!

Many varied talents are needed to make the events even better! Please consider helping us with:

  • event planning
  • communications
  • outreach
  • site coordination
  • fundraising
  • and much more

The first meeting was held Tuesday, July 26, at 7 p.m. in Room 104 at the Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge.

 We are again offering individualized flyers to the extent that we have pictures of your school, church or prayer group from past campaigns (and time permitting!).  Individualized flyers will help your group stay organized, but the pictures and the specific commitment shown on the flyer will also encourage people who may never have participated to come out this year.

Sample: Check out this flyer for St. John's School and Church in Plaquemine as an example of how a flyer can be tailored to your group. (click here to view St. John-Plaquemine's flyer)  

Please make your request as soon as possible to get the word out about this powerful prayer campaign.

For more information contact, please contact co-campaign directors Charlotte Bergeron or Danielle Van Haute at (225) 242-0164 or

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Dates to Remember

(See Calendar of Events Page for Details)

  • July 26, 7 p.m., first 40 DFL Meeting, Room 104 at the Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge.
  • Aug. 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Defending Life Class, Bethany Church South Campus. Click here for more information.(CANCELLED)
  • Sept. 28 - Nov. 6 - Fall Campaign (CANCELLED)