By Karen Cross, NRL Political Director
On December 29, 2020, Louisiana’s 5th District Congressman-elect Luke Letlow (R) passed away due to complications caused by Covid-19, just five days before he was due to take office. A special election will be held on March 20, 2021, to find his replacement.
Running for the open seat is his widow Julia Letlow. She is strongly pro-life and endorsed by National Right to Life.
“Julia Letlow supports pro-life legislation,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “She supports compassionate proposals to safeguard unborn children and their mothers from the pain of abortion.”
Julia Letlow supports the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This legislation would protect unborn children at 20 weeks, a point by which the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods. She also opposes using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion, and she opposes taxpayer funding of abortion providers.
It is imperative that Julia Letlow win the open seat in Louisiana’s 5th so that she may stand up to the extreme pro-abortion agenda of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) and her pro-abortion majority. They are advancing dangerous proposals to force taxpayers to fund abortions and to trample on rights of conscience. This includes eliminating the life-saving Hyde Amendment, which for decades has prevented streams of government money from funding abortions.
“Julia Letlow will work to see that all innocent human life is protected, and she is committed to strengthening a culture of life throughout the nation and in the U.S. House,” said Tobias. “We look forward to working with Julia Letlow to protect the most vulnerable members of the human family.”
In Louisiana all candidates, regardless of party, compete on the same ballot. If no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, the top two finishers would advance to an April 24th runoff.
In 2020, Donald Trump carried the 5th district by a margin of 30 points over pro-abortion Joe Biden.
In the runoff for the seat in the 2020 election, the top two finishers were both Republicans. If Letlow were to win, she would join an historic class of newly elected pro-life women to serve in the 117th Congress which already numbers 19.
The special election is Saturday, March 20, 2021, and early voting begins Saturday, March 6, 2020.