Federal judge appointed by Obama says he will probably overturn Mississippi’s abortion ban
Partial Reprint LifeNews.com MICAIAH BILGER MAY 21, 2019 | 5:46PM WASHINGTON, DC
A federal activist judge appointed by President Barack Obama almost certainly will overturn a new Mississippi law that protects unborn babies from abortion after their heartbeat is detectable.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves slammed the pro-life law Tuesday during a hearing challenging its constitutionality, CNN reports.
Reeves criticized the state for passing the heartbeat law after he struck down a less restrictive 15-week abortion ban in 2018.
“You said, ‘We can’t do 15 weeks so by God we will do six weeks,’” Reeves said, saying the new law “smacks of defiance.”
The heartbeat law, which Gov. Phil Bryant signed in March, would ban almost all abortions in the state. An unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable at about six weeks of pregnancy, though research suggests a baby’s heartbeat may begin as early as 18 days after conception. Abortionists who violate the legislation could face criminal charges. The law allows exceptions for medical emergencies.
The Center for Reproductive Rights quickly filed a lawsuit challenging the law on behalf of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only abortion facility in the state.
UP DATE: Partial Reprint By Tara Golshan May 24, 2019, 6:00 pm Vox.com
The legal fight begins.
“Allowing the law to take effect would force the clinic to stop providing most abortion care,” US District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in the temporary injunction he issued Friday afternoon. “By banning abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, the law prevents a woman’s free choice, which is central to personal dignity and autonomy.”
‘Unplanned’ film banned in Canada for its life-affirming content
Partial Reprint LifeSiteNews Mon May 20, 2019 - 7:34 pm EST
OTTAWA, May 20, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Distribution companies are effectively banning the film Unplanned from screening in Canadian cinemas, according to the producers of the pro-life biopic.
Speaking at an Ottawa news conference on May 8, producer Lisa Wheeler said, “We have been effectively blocked from distributing the film in Canada.”
Chuck Konzelman, the film’s writer, director, and producer, told LifeSiteNews via email that at least one of the two largest Canadian film distributors said “content” rather than a lack of consumer demand is the reason for banning the film.
According to Konzelman, Canadian law requires that films have distributors so that they can be shown theatrically. In addition, no rating from one of the provincial film boards can be granted, because the producers must list a distributor on the application forms to the film boards.
Regarding the ban on the film, Johnson told a news conference earlier this month, “I would like to say I’m surprised, but I’m not.” Speaking on the day before Canada’s March for Life, Johnson told the media, “I have to wonder what they’re afraid of.”
PLM sidewalk volunteers host May baby showers
Abortion-bound moms who courageously chose life were honored with baby showers by PLM volunteers and board members. Our thanks to everyone who donated gift cards for this heartwarming ministry. Below are pictures from the showers held in May.
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Healing Bible study this summer
Barbara Beavers is hosting a bible study at her home this summer for those who have been through an abortion personally. "We defeat the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimonies (Revelation 12:11),” she stated. "Many of those wounded by a past abortion decision suffer in silence, forsaking the mercy available through the shed blood of our Risen Christ. We fear disclosure of our secrets and never experience the security and joy of being more fully known in the family of God."
"Come and let us study His Word together: Tuesday nights, starting June 4, at 6:30 PM at 5180 Harrow Drive, Jackson, MS 39211. Call me at 601-940-5701 and I will send you some questions to consider for our first lesson."
July 8th at 7 PM
Meet-N-Greet & Potluck Dinner
DaySpring Community Church
1100 Business Park Drive
Come meet this inspiring group of young people as they pedal their way from Tylertown, MS to St. Louis, MO. They are committed to renewing the Culture of Life in America by raising financial and spiritual support for their pregnancy resource center partners all across the country, raising public awareness of the sanctity of unborn human life and forming pro-life missionaries.
Please join us on the south steps of the state capitol at 12:30 PM as we remember the unborn babies who died from abortion.
The Fall 2019 40 Days for Life campaign will begin on Wednesday, September 25th. If you would like to volunteer to help organize this event please contact our office at 601-956-8636.
PLM will again be hosting a booth at the Mississippi State Fair, presenting fair-goers with life-affirming literature and displays, and engaging them in conversations of consequence. The fair begins on Wednesday, October 2nd and runs through Monday, October 14th. Please consider helping us man the booth. You can volunteer by contacting our office at 601-956-8636.
PLM is excited about our upcoming Walk for Life. Even though it isn’t scheduled until October, planning is well underway. “Our goal is to have 50 churches form teams for the walk,” announced PLM President Laura Duran. "This is a family friendly event that will start out from St. Richard Catholic Church, proceed 2 miles to the state’s last remaining abortion facility, and end back at St. Richard's with a brunch provided by the Knights of Columbus."
Prizes will be awarded in three categories:
- Teams (2 or more people) - $400.00 gift card from Revell Ace Hardware
- Adult individual (not on a team) 19 and up - $300 Visa gift card
- Youth individual (not on a team) 18 and under - $200 Visa gift card
To be eligible for the prizes listed above, participants must raise a minimum of $500.
All youth who take part in the walk and plan to go with PLM to the National March for Life in Washington D.C. in 2020 will have half of the monies they raise credited toward their expenses for the trip.