September 2015 E-Newsletter

PLM
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         Life Line
      PLM UPDATE
   Year to Date 2015

  • Babies Saved: 35
  • Literature packets offered: 800
  • Office referrals: 50
  • Gift Bags given to mothers: 35

UP COMING EVENTS

National Day of Remembrance - September 12, 2015 - 12:30 p.m.

White Ribbon Conference/Sunday - September 12 - 13, 2015

40 Days for Life - September 23 - November 1, 2015

40 Days for Life Kickoff - September 23, 2015 - Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Pure Life Pure Power Youth Conference- October 3, 2015 - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Pro-Life MS State Fair Booth - October 7 - 18, 2015

Church on the Sidewalk - November 1 - 6, 2015

Pro-Life MS Christmas Party - December 5, 2015 - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

29th Annual Candlelight Prayer Vigil - January 16, 2016 - 6 p.m.

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

Dear Pro-Life Friends,

I would like to tell you about our hopes for 2016. Pro-Life Mississippi is starting a billboard campaign in Mississippi and we need your help.

These billboards are a soft sell, non-confrontational way to change the hearts and minds of voters, and save babies one baby at a time. 

The first of our billboards is pictured below. Another says, "ADOPTION: 2 Million Couples wait to adopt;" another states “God knew my soul before I was born (Heartbeat starts at 18 days);" with a picture of another adorable baby. These billboards have been used all across America since the 1970’s. They have a tremendous effect and have proven over and over to be worth every penny spent.

For information on how you can participate, call the pro-life office at 601-956-8636.

Billboard
This is the first of many billboards to come and can be
seen now at South State Street and Highway 80 in Jackson.

Judy Batson, President and Mary Trepanier, Billboard Volunteer

 

Should we talk about Abortion in the Church?

These words from Terry Schlossberg & Elizabeth Achtemeier (1994) ring true for the Church today. Excerpt from the introduction of Not My Own: Abortion and the Marks of the Church, p. 7-8

The Centrality of the Subject

The heat generated by the abortion issue in our culture has led many pastors and lay people to consider it an inappropriate subject for the church. They believe that discussing abortion is like deliberately setting a torch to the church because, in their minds, it divides believers and diverts their attention from the primary role of the church to preach the gospel, pastor the sheep and teach the faith. "Let us put this abortion debate behind us," urged the wife of one pastor, "and get back to what the church is supposed to be doing."

That is sheer blindness to what is happening, because abortion expresses our society's increasing cheapening of and careless disregard for human life.

And the slippery slope, which years ago was only prophesied, has become a reality. When we read the newspapers these days, we find stories about euthanasia and assisted suicide; about withdrawing medical care from the elderly and other supposedly unproductive members of our society; about teenage murderers who are given slaps on the wrist and turned back onto the streets. A person can be killed in any one of our big cities just because someone wants the sneakers or the new jacket he or she is wearing. And an unborn child can be killed in the womb because that child's presence interferes with someone's independence or interrupts a student's plans for the future. The church is under orders to care about human life—to care about those created by God in his own image, those for whom Christ gave his own life—and to communicate the Christian valuation of those lives to the culture in a way that utterly resists the cheapening of life.

Far from being a peripheral matter for the church, abortion concerns the very foundations of our faith. And when church members face the possibility of abortion, they are facing questions of how Christian faith affects their lives. The fear of division that produces silence in the pulpit and inaction in the pews withholds help from the men and women who daily are making decisions that determine the future of their unborn children.

The issue of abortion concerns the basic characteristics that make the church the church—the Word rightly preached and the sacraments rightly administered. Only where those characteristics are found can we claim to be the church of Jesus Christ. The church's stance toward abortion can undermine or underscore those distinguishing marks and thus undermine or underscore the identity of the church itself.
The Christian Church has always been summoned by its Lord to be a light shining in the darkness, a city set on a hill, the salt that gives life its saving savor. And that summons concerns the church's response to abortion as much as any other aspect of the church's life. Our continual prayer, therefore, is that the church will fulfill the role to which it has been called, exhibiting the marks of the true church of Jesus Christ our Lord.

From Presbyterians Pro-Life ENEWS, August 2015,
Reprinted By Judy Batson, President, Pro-Life Mississippi

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Things PLM will never do!

Just before the recent elections, our office received a call from a volunteer at a CPC saying a person had called her claiming to be with PLM, and asking for a donation. We also received numerous calls asking why we had endorsed certain candidates. PLM never has and never will endorse a candidate or solicit money over the phone because of our 501(c)3 status as a nonprofit organization.

The confusion about who endorses candidates probably persists because of PLM's former name "Right to Life of Jackson" which was changed to Pro-Life Mississippi about 10 years ago, is similar to a different organization, "Right to Life Mississippi", who sends out questionnaires to the candidates. For questions about candidates, please call 866-920-child.

By: Melody Miller

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National Day of Remembrance

Remembrance

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40Days

September 23 - November 1, 2015 It is once again time for 40 Days for Life Fall campaign. We would like to ask everyone to sign up and join us for this peaceful prayer vigil that will be held at the last abortion clinic in our state.

We will have our kickoff event on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from noon to 1:00 p.m. Opening prayer will be led by Co-Coordinator and PLM Board Member, Ashley Sigrest. Our Keynote speaker will be Pastor Larry Wilson of Living Hope Ministries. Closing prayer will be led by Pastor Ryan Sullivan of Grace Community Church. Patricia Frazer, Co-Coordinator and PLM Board Member would like to focus on filling at least one hour per day. Dana Chisholm, PLM Vice President has said she would like for people to come pray between the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. because this is the time when the young women are going into the abortion facility for their first visit.

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Purity

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Fair
Give us a "Fair" Shake!

Well, it's that time of the year again... Mississippi State Fair time, that is at least for us here at Pro-Life Mississippi. It's time to kick things into high gear planning for what is our largest educational outreach to the community every year.

Tens of thousands of people pass by our booth and many of them stop to talk with us. Many lend us a moment of their time to encourage us, and many more are seeking information. Many young people just want to stop by and hold the baby models.

We also have pro-life t-shirts, abstinence jewelry, and other items we make available for a small donation in order to help spread the message. The PLM booth is a showcase for everything we do in support of life, and the results we've seen over the years have been immeasurable.

No one will ever know the full impact those who donated their time to working the fair booth have had on our community, at least not on this side of Heaven, but it's very clear we do make an impact. All of this takes a lot of work and dedication, but it's also very rewarding. As Office Manager, I was rewarded a couple years ago when a young mother called our office because she wanted her daughter to be counted as a baby saved. The young woman had just found out she was pregnant when she went to the fair with friends from college. Her friends and teachers had told her she needed to have an abortion. After she saw our booth and picked up some of our brochures, she knew she could not have an abortion. At the time she called our office, we were in the process of planning an event with Students for Life. I asked the young woman if she would come speak at the event. She said she would love to but she did not have anyone to care for her daughter. I told her to bring the little girl who was just starting to crawl - that we had plenty of mothers and grandmothers that would watch her baby while she gave her testimony. The young woman came, gave her testimony, and PLM gave her a large gift bag for her daughter. Stories like this one is what make this work worthwhile.

PLM is looking for volunteers to help maintain our presence this year. The fair runs from October 7th to the 18th, and we need people to staff several shifts each day. If you have never worked our booth before, we will put you with one of our faithful few who work the fair every year. Please contact our office at 601-956-8636 or email PLM@ProLifeMississippi.org for more information.

By: Tammy Tillman

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Church on the Sidewalk

Join with area pastors and fellow Christians for "Church at the Mill" Sunday, November 1 through Friday, November 6. Pastors For Life MS will join with Pro-Life Mississippi on Sunday, November 1 for the close of 40 Days for Life. On Monday, November 2 through Friday, November 6, we will have church at Mississippi's last remaining abortion mill each morning. Times will be announced. If you are a pastor and would like to preach and/or have your church participate, contact Rev. Doug Lane at 601-953-5124.

By: Rev. Doug Lane

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Dr. Alveda King's Visit a Success!

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Dr. Alveda King has all the banquet guests
on their feet praising God.

Dr. Beverly McMillan presents Dr. Freda Bush
the Pro-Lifer of the Year Award.

Nationally acclaimed pro-life speaker, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  and director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, Dr. Alveda King was the featured banquet speaker at Pro-Life Mississippi’s 2015 Spring Banquet at First Baptist Church, Jackson.  A capacity crowd of over 500 people heard her testimony of conversion from procuring three abortions to embracing a principled pro-life ministry, which she sees as a continuation of the civil rights struggle which her family spearheaded in the 1960’s.  

After checking out a wonderful array of silent auction items, the banquet guests were welcomed to First Baptist Church by Pastor Bob Gladney. Once again the evening was emceed by Mississippi’s own Brad McMullan, former Emmy Award winning news anchor for WAPT and current CEO of bfac.com, a Jackson based communications technology business. Newly appointed Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, Joseph Kopacz, gave the invocation, which was followed by a beautiful dance production by Ballet Magnificat.  

Outgoing President of PLM, Dana Chisholm, conducted her final board meeting, noted for its brevity.  Incoming President, Judy Batson then asked all the pastors and elected officials in attendance to introduce themselves to the audience.  A final highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Prolifer of the Year award to Dr. Freda Bush by her former medical partner and past president of PLM, Dr. Beverly McMillan.

“We have been greatly honored to host Dr. King at our annual event,” stated president of PLM Judy Batson.  “Her reputation and pro-life message have made our Spring Banquet events quite a success.”

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Ending the Cycle Women's Conference

The next evening Dr. King participated in an inspiring women’s conference, Ending the Cycle, held at Crossroads of Life Church in Byram, MS.  Adult women and their teenage daughters heard amazing testimonies and pro-life wisdom from a panel of accomplished women that included Dr. Freda Bush of East Lakeland Ob-Gyn Associates, Tanya Britton, R.N., PLM board member, Stephanie Esco, R.N., Director of The Women’s Resource Center, Cycelia Matthews, busy pastor’s wife of Kingdom Vision International Church in Columbus, MS, and Tina Carter of Freedom 517 Council.  Emceed by PLM Vice-President, Dr. Beverly McMillan, the panel discussion was a tremendous success, and plans are in the works for a future sequel. Stay tuned...

By: Beverly McMillan

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Walk

Once again PLM consolidated its annual Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day Walks into a single Walk 4 Life.  The well-attended event was held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 and enjoyed some beautiful weather.  St. Richard Catholic Church was again headquarters for registration, where walkers picked up T-shirts and balloons.  At 7:30 a.m., while it was still cool, students from St. Therese led the group on a two mile walk to Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, where prayers were offered for an end to legalized abortion and balloons were released in honor of all the Mississippi babies who have died there.  When the walkers returned from the clinic, they were rewarded with an amazing brunch prepared and served by the Knights of Columbus.

Because of generous people like you and the walker you sponsored, we were able to raise $4,085. Prizes were awarded to the top three walkers who brought in the most pledges.  This year’s top fundraiser was Ashley Sigrest with $1,580.

Veteran walker and board member Patricia Frazier said she looked forward to this event every spring for its three fold purpose of promoting community awareness for the pro-life movement, honoring the innocent babies killed by abortion and helping support the mission of PLM.

By: Beverly McMillan

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PLM President, Judy Batson receives a t-shirt from Mike Schaefer, Support Crew.

Biking for Babies came to Jackson for the 4th consecutive year on Sunday, July 12, 2015. The group of nine young people, five bikers and four support crew members, made an intermediate stop on their 1,000 mile bike trek from New Orleans to Chicago to share a meal at St. Richard Catholic Church hosted by PLM and the Knights of Columbus. They shared their vision and purpose of raising awareness of the sanctity of unborn human life as well as raising money for dozens of pro-life ministries along their route. “We have been so blessed by this younger generation of pro-lifers,” stated PLM president, Judy Batson. “Their enthusiasm and generosity truly lift our spirits as we press on in this 42nd year of the culture of death since Roe v Wade.”  Since 2009, over 60 college students and young adults have participated in helping the pro-life message penetrate the communities along their bike routes. Their fundraising efforts have provided various pro-life ministries with over $100,000 over the past six years. “Last year, Biking for Babies presented PLM with $1,682 to support our pro-life activities,” said PLM treasurer, Laura Duran. “It is a wonderful privilege to get to know these dedicated young people.” Anyone who might be interested in participating in the 2016 Biking for Babies challenge can contact co-founders Michael Schafer and Jimmy Becker on the Biking for Babies website: www.bikingforbabies.com.

By: Beverly McMillan

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Nationwide Planned Parenthood Protest

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Pro-lifers outside the last abortion facility in Jackson, MS on 8/22/2015.

More than 78,000 pro-lifers came out to protest Planned Parenthood at 354 locations nationwide, Saturday, August 22nd, the largest protest of its kind since Roe v. Wade became law in 1973. The protest was in response to several undercover videos released revealing Planned Parenthood selling baby organs like livers, hearts, and brains to pad their personal pocketbooks. One P. P. National Director was laughing about paying for her Lamborghini this way.

Due to the release of these videos, national organizations like Pro-Life Action League, Priests for Life, and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society called on local pro-life groups to help them put on protests across the United States to let our government know we do not want tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood anymore.

Pro-Life Mississippi participated in the protest lead by Laura Duran at the last abortion facility in Mississippi, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, located at 2903 North State Street in Jackson. It was my honor to stand up with more than 60 Christians who wanted to be a voice for the precious babies losing their life each week at this place.

Among those who attended were Pastor and Mrs. Mark Ratcliff from Church Alive in Pearl who led prayer with a large group from their church which included Youth Pastors, Chris and Cassie Arender. Pastor Gene and Regina Amason from Church Alive in Magee, a large group which also included Youth Pastors Raynold and Tiffany Kinslow, and Singles Pastors Gerald and Lauren Moore. 

I wanted to mention these great leaders and let them know how thankful Pro-Life Mississippi is for their leadership in word and prayer against Planned Parenthood that is not only taking the lives of our precious babies but lining their pockets in the process. Thanks to all the Church members who were there praying and I believe touching the heart of God for the great cause of saving babies and moms from abortion. We are filled with disgust and horror for the part Planned Parenthood and other organizations have played in destroying lives.

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Pro-lifers in front of Planned Parenthood in Hattiesburg.

More than 60 participants took part at the Planned Parenthood facility in Hattiesburg lead by Stacey Sistrunk. "Both ladies did a great job getting people to come out to both locations on such short notice," said Judy Batson, President of PLM. 

If you missed this opportunity to participate in standing up for the babies, please join us for National Day of Remembrance Saturday, September 12th at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Mississippi Street and North President Street. Click here for flyer.

Giving honor to whom honor is due

At the Livonia, Michigan Planned Parenthood protest, Robert J. Adis, 73, and his wife Joan who uses a wheelchair, were spending their 55th anniversary doing God's work when Mr. Adis died after experiencing severe chest pain and being rushed by ambulance to St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia. "It's a remarkable thing to me that Bob, on the very last day God gave him on Earth, he spent it to advocate for life for those who are not given the chance to live their lives," Rev. Dan McGhee said. "That shows kind of heart he had."

By: Laura Duran

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