Physicians For Life Mississippi

  • "I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly, I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy." Original Hippocratic oath, circa 400 B.C.

Physicians For Life Mississippi is a chapter of Pro-Life Mississippi. All the physicians listed on this page have commited to NEITHER perform abortions NOR refer for abortions by signing The Pledge.

Physicians For Life Mississippi Mission Statement

  • Section 1. to compile a list of physicians in the state of Mississippi who are convinced that an abortion is the killing of an innocent human being and who will neither perform an abortion nor refer for an abortion.
  • Section 2. to inform the public of member physicians in their community who share their Pro-Life values and will not kill preborn babies or refer for abortions.
  • Section 3. to educate the public on the humanity and viability of the preborn child.
  • Section 4. to help start local chapters that will begin to accomplish the mission in their local community.
  • Section 5. to encourage alternative, more compassionate means of caring for women in crisis pregnancies than killing their preborn babies.
  • Section 6. said organization is a chapter of Pro-Life Mississippi which is an organization of diverse and caring Christians who are drawn together by their commitment to the sanctity of human life from fertilization to natural death. PLM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization as delineated in the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

Position Statement

  • Mississippi Physicians for Life is opposed to any form of birth control that allows fertilization to take place but destroys that new life by blocking implantation (the "morning after pill" and the IUD) or by starving it by damaging placental function (RU486). The problem of conventional birth control pills, which according to the package insert can act by blocking implantation but also act by (usually) blocking ovulation and by thickening cervical mucus (a barrier method), we leave to the conscience of the physician. Barrier methods and natural family planning methods (Billings, Sympto-Thermal Method) are acceptable.
  • We believe that all men/women are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, and that among these is the Right to Life...
  • We believe that human life begins at the moment of conception and has the right to develop and exist to its fullest potential until the moment of natural death...
  • We believe that it is ethically and morally wrong to destroy innocent human life from the moment of conception, because this devalues all human life...
  • We believe that fetal life should not be terminated except in very rare instances when the mother's life is in imminent danger; even then, the physician should do everything possible to save both of his patients ~ mother and child...
  • We believe that our purpose as healthcare providers is to protect the life and health of all our patients...
  • We believe that we must be advocates for our preborn patients and speak out on their behalf to protect their right to life...
  • We believe that accurate, scientific information regarding prenatal life is vital to the person making an abortion decision, and such information can be best delivered by medical professionals such as physicians and nurses...
  • We believe that women have the right to know all the medical facts regarding the gestational development of the preborn child, abortion techniques, and possible physical and psychological complications of abortion in order to make an informed decision...
  • We believe in and encourage efforts to counsel and inform pregnant women regarding constructive alternatives to abortion...
  • We believe that only as the youth of our nation are taught the truth about sexual abstinence and the sanctity of human life — as well as the deception of "safe sex", abortion, and euthanasia — will a permanent behavior change occur in our society...
  • We believe that without the Right to Life, no other rights have any merit.

When Does Life Begin?

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How do scientists distinguish between life and non-life?

A scientific textbook called "Basics of Biology"1 gives five characteristics of living things; these five criteria are found in all modern elementary scientific textbooks:

  1. Living things are highly organized.
  2. All living things have an ability to acquire materials and energy.
  3. All living things have an ability to respond to their environment.
  4. All living things have an ability to reproduce.
  5. All living things have an ability to adapt.

According to this elementary definition of life, life begins at fertilization, when a sperm unites with an oocyte. From this moment, the being is highly organized, has the ability to acquire materials and energy, has the ability to respond to his or her environment, has the ability to adapt, and has the ability to reproduce (the cells divide, then divide again, etc., and barring pathology and pending reproductive maturity has the potential to reproduce other members of the species). Non-living things do not do these things. Even before the mother is aware that she is pregnant, a distinct, unique life has begun his or her existence inside her.

Medical science already refers to a spontaneous heart rhythm and the presence of brain waves to determine whether someone is alive at the other end of the spectrum of human existence. In simplistic terms, if an organ donor is in an automobile accident and is on life support in a hospital, the physician cannot "pull the plug" and donate the patient's organs to others unless the patient is "brain dead" and his heart is not beating on its own. If the medical community maintained consistency with this generally accepted medical definition of human life, then we would condemn every abortion after the time when the average woman discovers she is pregnant. Every abortion, by the generally accepted standards of medical science, kills an innocent human life.

  1. Basics of Biology, Carol Leth Stone, Greenwood Publishing Group, January 1, 2004, ISBN: 0-313-31786-0
  2. American Life League, Retrieved: July 31,2013, http://www.all.org