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.”

Mississippi Passes 15 Week Abortion Ban Bill

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.”

Walk for Life

Come join your pro-life friends in PLM’s annual Walk for Life on Saturday, April 28. We will gather at Saint Richard Catholic School- 100 Holly Drive at 7:30 am. At 8:00 am we will begin the 2 mile walk to Mississippi’s last abortion clinic in Fondren. There we will hold a brief prayer service, then return to the church where a yummy brunch prepared by the Knights of Columbus will await us.

Walk for Life

Click the "Walk With Us" banner above to register, and start collecting sponsors to underwrite your walk. Prizes will be awarded to the team and individual raising the most in pledges. Walk for Life t-shirts will be given to each person who raises $25.

STUDENT ALERT!

  • An hour of service time will be awarded for every $50 raised by a student.
  • That student is also eligible to receive service hours for the time they participate in the event.

See You There!

Billboards Save Lives

Please help us keep a billboard up in Jackson all year. Your donation made out to PLM and marked “for billboards” will do just that. We thank those of you who have been supporting this effort over the past year.

Currently this one can be seen at Gallatin Street and Highway 80:

Our billboards designs are from Prolife Across America. Billboard ads create an “Atmosphere of Life” in a “Culture of Death”. Often these tender and touching ads are the only visible sign offering hope and help to someone who may be on the brink of an abortion decision.

You can also help raise money for billboards by purchasing jewelry at our Premier Designs Jewelry Show that will be held on Saturday, March 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Corner Bakery in Flowood.

Check

Elder Jud Yelverton, Men of the Covenant of First Presbyterian Church in Madison, presents Judy Batson, board member of Pro-Life Mississippi, a check for $500 to help keep a pro-life billboard up in Jackson.