March 2018 E-Newsletter
Mississippi State University Gender Studies Program Promotes Abortion Advocate‘s Message
In mid February, PLM was alerted to the distribution of flyers on the MSU campus promoting a lecture by self-styled Christian abortionist Dr. Willie Parker.
PLM President Dana Chisholm immediately sent the following letter to MSU President Mark Keenum:
The response from President Keenum attempted to make the point that because the university “permitted“ student led pro-life groups to host their own events, the administration was not promoting the pro-abortion position over the pro-life viewpoint.
“We still have some very real concerns,” said President Chisholm. Although the university hurriedly decided to bring in pro-life speaker Christina Marie Bennett on March 6th, the event was not advertised for as long a time and not as extensively as Dr. Parker’s event. Indeed the Gender Studies Department offered extra credit to students who attended the pro-abortion event. The unequal promotion of these two opposing events was reflected in the attendance. Over 400 persons were at the pro-abortion event, and about 30 attended the pro-life talk. Under the freedom of information act, we have requested records of any emails offering extra credit for attendance at the pro-abortion event, as well as any honorariums offered to Dr. Parker. PLM is concerned that MSU, a publically funded institution of higher learning, seems to be biased in promoting a culture of abortion as opposed to a culture of life.”
On Monday March 19, representatives from PLM and other Mississippi pro-life groups watched as Governor Phil Bryant signed the toughest abortion law in the United States. House Bill 1510 bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. “We are saving more of the unborn than any state in America, and what better thing could we do,” said Bryant. He said he expected a swift legal challenge, and indeed, the abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, filed a complaint in United States District Court for Mississippi’s Southern District less than an hour after he signed the bill into law
In response, Federal Judge Carlton Reeves put the law on hold on Tuesday, ruling after an emergency hearing that the clinic’s argument that the law was unconstitutional was “substantially likely to succeed.” Judge Reeves’s order is temporary, barring the state from enforcing the law for 10 days. He is expected to decide soon whether to issue a longer-lasting restraining order. Bryant said in a statement that the judge’s order is “disappointing.” The governor said the law “protects maternal health and will further our efforts to make Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child.”