On May 4, 2021, the Louisiana Legislature enacted the Day of Tears Resolution, thanks to several efforts headed by State Senator Beth Mizell (R- La.–District 12).

This resolution commemorates the more than 63 million babies who have died in the womb due to abortion in the United States during the last five decades.

Following the Resolution, Louisiana encouraged citizens to lower their flags partially on Jan. 22 each year, marking this day as the “Day of Tears” to remember those lost innocent lives.

Similar resolutions have been passed before in other states such as Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Senator Mike Braun of Indiana proposed the Day of Tears Resolution in the United States Senate on Jan. 22, 2021. Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.–10 District) introduced this resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives on the same day.

Talking of the resolution, Mitzell said as Louisiana is a state which opposes the idea of personal freedom to decide abortion, an act of honoring the lives of the lost child due to abortions was essential. 

“Let us work together to demonstrate that we value life and strive to protect the unborn,” she said. 

Seven Supreme Court Justices declared their political views on abortion to be the law of the land on Jan. 22, 1973. Without a single vote from an elected person, those seven Justices changed the Constitution. Since that dreadful day, 60 million unborn children have died due to abortion, according to the Day of Tears website.

On the Day of Tears, the pro-life lawmakers encourage people all over the country to lower the flags by half-staff. Usually, this action is a way of honoring the deceased. 

The lowered flags will serve as an annual reminder of the heinous reality of abortion rights. Supporters of the Day of Tears think that their efforts will help people understand the unjust fate of children whose right to life has been denied.