August 2018 E-Newsletter

Table of Contents

  1. PLM reveals our new logo
  2. Upcoming Events
    • Day of Remembrance
    • 40 Days for Life
    • 2018 Mississippi State Fair      
  3. Billboards Save Lives
  4. Testimony given to PLM...
  5. March for Life 2019
  6. Life Mission Team Handbook
  7. I Lived on Parker Avenue
  8. Sign Up Genius

Pro-Life Mississippi reveals our new logo!

Our new logo represents the comprehensive focus of Pro-Life Mississippi as a state-wide organization. PLM considers all human life to be sacred...precious... valuable in every stage from fertilization to natural death. In the womb, the lifeblood begins to move through the body... each heartbeat, a symbol of that life. The tear drop represents the emotional connection between our lives. When a life begins, we rejoice in tears. When a life is lost or destroyed, we mourn in tears.

PLM remains focused on making abortion unthinkable and recognizes this battle must be fought on many fronts. Did you know the abortion issue touches every ministry in the church? Pro-life truths regarding human dignity and the sacredness of life should be incorporated into the entire spectrum of church programs, including ministries for prisoners, single parents, the poor, foster care, the homeless, adoption, etc. We must unite as one voice to protect life - in our churches, in the public arena, and in our personal lives.

Upcoming Events

National Day of Remembrance
for Aborted Children

Saturday, September 8, 2018
12:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Mississippi State Capitol Building, South Steps on High Street, Jackson, Mississippi
TIME: 12:30 P.M.
Speakers include Pastors Thomas Winn and Tiago Oliveira of Grace Baptist Church of Jackson. Singing is Lydia Kluksdahl.

Wednesday, September 26 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

Kickoff event will be on Sunday, September 23rd at 2:30 P.M. on the corner of North State Street and Fondren Place. Natalie Brumfield will be our keynote speaker at the kickoff. She is a pro-life initiatives writer with Charisma News, Bound4LIFE International, and Live Action News, as well as, a volunteer counselor at her local crisis pregnancy center for over 10 years.

Sign your church up to take one day from 7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the fall 40 Days for Life campaign.

2018 Mississippi State Fair – October 3 through 14, 2018

It will soon be that time of the year again where the leaves change color, the weather gets cooler, and the state fair comes to Jackson. Once again Pro-Life Mississippi will have a booth in the Trade Mart Building during the fair. We will need your help to man the booth during this time. If you have not worked the booth before and would be worried about volunteering by yourself, don’t be. We will pair you up with someone who has worked the booth before.

This year we will be setting up the booth differently, making it more inviting for people to come and talk with our volunteers. We have lots of new brochures. We also have a new coloring book with pictures designed by artists of all ages. We will also have a computer setup at the booth where people can fill out a form to be added to our email/mailing list and to volunteer. There will be a table with items people can get for a suggested donation. The money raised from these items will go towards keeping a pro-life billboard up in the Jackson area.

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Billboards Save Lives!

These billboards are located on Hwy. 18 and on I-220 in the Jackson area.

Thanks to the generous donations earmarked for billboards from our recent Spring Banquet, Pro-Life Mississippi has been able to put up the two billboards (pictured above) in Jackson.

Why would someone designate their PLM donation just for billboards? BECAUSE THEY WORK! We want to spread our pro-life message all across Mississippi by way of billboards, and your donation can help.

It’s true - we don’t instantly see the results of the billboards. We don’t know how they may have touched a cold heart, or changed a person’s way of thinking. BUT, if one billboard gets helpful pro-life information to a woman facing an unintended pregnancy, or changes the mind of a voter or two , or better yet, changes the mind of a clinic worker or abortionist, it has done its job, and that is priceless.

PLM billboard committee chairperson Mary Trepanier has devised a painless way that you can help, and of course at the end of the year it comes off your taxes. Bonus! “Just go to your checking account and set up a monthly gift to Pro-Life Mississippi Billboards. You don’t have to give a lot, $5, $10, $15, $20 a month. You won’t even miss it. At the end of the year, you will have an extra tax donation and know you may have saved a life. Spread the news: Billboards Work!”

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Testimony given to PLM after Clarion Ledger's front page article 'I had an abortion' on Sunday August 19, 2018 sends outrage through the pro-life community.

On Sunday, August 19, 2018, the Clarion Ledger printed a front page article under the headline ‘I had an abortion’, subtitled “Cross section of Miss. women share their stories; regret seldom mentioned”. As well as the 4 women who shared their abortion stories, newspaper reporter Sarah Fowler interviewed Jackson Women’s Health abortion clinic director Sharon Brewer, who launched a critique seeking to discredit the integrity and medical professionalism of pro-life Crisis Pregnancy Centers. The newspaper did not interview the director of Jackson’s local CPC, the Center for Pregnancy Choices.

Please note that the August 26 Sunday Clarion Ledger did provide, on page 2 section C, a guest column slot for Erin Kate Goode, executive director of Center for Pregnancy Choices executive director, to respond to the abortion clinic’s derogatory allegations. Ms. Goode provided a powerful, eloquent defense of the Center’s work. However, burying this pro-life response inside Section C as opposed to the front-page treatment of what can only be characterized as a pro-abortion series of articles the week before, exposes a disturbing bias of our local print media.

PLM has received multiple outraged complaints from the pro-life community regarding this one-sided abortion presentation. One woman chose to share HER abortion story with us.

I had two abortions in my early twenties. On my first abortion, I had my husband tell me to get one because we couldn’t afford another child. The second abortion I got because I knew my husband would have told me the same thing.

I went on for years not letting anyone know about having two abortions. I kept it hidden. The reasons I kept it hidden was because I thought I was going to be judged. I was ashamed and I had guilt. I blocked it out of my mind. I was depressed and angry with my husband. After all those years, I finally revealed the truth to my family. I felt good once I had revealed it to them. They didn’t judge me or look at me any differently. They showed me love.

I got involved with going out to the abortion clinic to be a witness of the truth. I was standing outside, passing out literature to the women as they were going in and out of the clinic. I got emotional one day and started crying. The pro-life people out with me that day had no idea I had had two abortions.

My niece was out with me and she told them why I was crying. They came to me and I told them my story and they did not look at me differently or judge me. They didn’t say I was going to hell. They hugged me and showed me love. I’m out there with them now every week and they still treat me with love.

I also got involved with the Center for Pregnancy Choices. I started going to a post-abortion class that the Center for Pregnancy Choices offers. There were a group of us in the class that had different reasons why we chose abortions. The name of the class was called “Forgiven and Set Free” by Linda Cochrane.

This class has helped me in a lot of ways. I have learned how to have a mindset and to accept the truth of what I had done. I have gotten rid of denial and anger. I have learned forgiveness toward my husband and myself. I am still in the process of being healed.

I regret having my abortions. I wonder what my two children would have become if they had been born. Only if there were people out when I had my two abortions and spoke life to me, I would have had a chance to listen and talk to someone. I would not have had those abortions. I would not have felt alone and without hope.

The pro-life community is out to help women who are abortion –minded to choose life affirming options/alternatives. They encourage and empower women to choose life and not death. They want to help save unborn children who don’t have a voice but still have value. God has a purpose for every person including the unborn child.

There are people who can and can’t have children and would love to adopt and give a child a loving home and family.

So does abortion really help or hurt women? I believe abortion hurts women because they think there’s no other way out. But there is. They have a mindset of thinking negative that this is the only way out for them instead of thinking about positive ways to deal with an unplanned pregnancy.

Testimony given by a sidewalk volunteer.

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