June 2013 E-Newsletter

PLM
   114 Office Park Plaza, Suite B, Jackson, MS 39206   Phone: 601-956-8636    Fax: 601-206-1233   Website: www.prolifemississippi.org

 

   Table of Contents

  • 2nd Annual Father's Day Walk 4 Life

  • Bikers pedal from New Orleans to Chicago on “A Mother of a Mission”

  • Pro-Life Youth Opportunities

  • Kermit Gosnell: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  • Mother's Day Walk Returns

 

UP COMING EVENTS

Father's Day Walk 4 Life - Saturday, June 15, 2013

Biking for Babies - July 8, 2013

Students for Life Conference - September 21, 2013

40 Days for Life - September 25 - November 3, 2013

Life Chain - October 6, 2013

PLM State Fair Booth - October 2-13

 

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2nd Annual Father's Day
Walk 4 Life

     Pro-Life Mississippi's 2nd Annual Father's Day Walk is just around the corner, and this year it comes with a challenge. The prize for top sponsorship last year was awarded to David Dabney with $1,559, who, not surprisingly, also received the top prize in PLM's Mother's Day walk, both by wide margins. This year he's calling us all out, and has publicly stated with a typical "Birthday Dave" smile that he wants some competition for the #1 position this year.

     This year's walk will be held on Saturday, June 15th, and will again be sponsored by St. Richard's Catholic Church and The Knights of Columbus.

     We will meet at St. Richard's Catholic Church located at 1242 Lynnwood Dr, Jackson, MS 39206 at 7:00 a.m. for registration, and the walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. [Walking west on Lynwood Dr., turning left onto Manhattan Rd., then left onto Meadowbrook Rd., right onto Old Canton Rd., right onto Duling St., and left onto N. State St. We will pray at the abortion clinic at 2903 N. State St.,] and then walk back the same route to St. Richard's. There will be a water station at the abortion clinic. We will have a short prayer and release balloons in honor of all the babies that have died from abortion. The walk is two miles each way for a total of four miles.

     Prizes will be awarded to the top three fundraisers. Every walker who turns in $25 in pledges will receive a FREE T-shirt. BRUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED at St. Richard’s Foley Hall for all walkers and workers compliments of the Knights of Columbus. The flyer/pledge sheet can be downloaded at www.prolifemississippi.org.

By: Brian Alexander


 

Bikers pedal from New Orleans to Chicago on “A Mother of a Mission”

     Biking for Babies, a non-profit organization with a national initiative – really has nothing to do with motorcycles, but rather traditional bicycling – pedaling for a priceless cause.

     Starting in New Orleans on July 6 and ending in Chicago on July 14, the 2013 team consists of 15 young men and women in their twenties who will mark the fifth consecutive Biking for Babies initiative by riding 1,100 miles up the Mississippi River.

     There will be a meet and greet on July 8th to meet these young people who do so much for the unborn babies. Pro-Life Mississippi will be posting more information as it comes available on our website www.prolifemississippi.org. For more information about the ride, you can go to the Biking for Babies website at www.bikingforbabies.com.

 

 

Pro-Life Youth Opportunities


This summer is a great time to introduce your youth to pro-life activities, such as:

  • A visit to the abortion clinic located at 2903 N. State St., Jackson, MS for prayer, followed by a visit to the Center for Pregnancy Choices and Pro-Life Mississippi located at 114 Office Park Plaza, Jackson, MS. This could serve as a springboard for abstinence studies back at home.
  • Fund-raising for Pro-Life Mississippi, pregnancy centers, adoptive agency, women’s shelter, etc.
  • Founding of a Students For Life Group or Club. Information is available at www.studentsforlife.org and Pro-Life Mississippi. Pro-Life Mississippi is sponsoring a Regional Conference September 21 to assist homeschool, high school and college groups in forming chapters this coming school year. Call 601-956-8636 or email plm@prolifemississippi.org to sign up or sponsor!


We MUST engage this generation. Abortion has been legal all of their lives, so they are Survivors of Abortion, created by God, and nurtured by their parents. However, we must equip them to serve in the world they are facing in innovative ways. Please encourage them to meet like-minded young people at this conference for inspiration and engagement!

By: Dana Chisholm

 

 

Kermit Gosnell: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

     The recent trial and conviction of late term abortionist, Kermit Gosnell, has really spotlighted the inherent horror of abortion. This Philadelphia abortion doctor, who catered to minorities, immigrants and poor women was charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a mother and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors. Prosecuting Attorney Seth Williams stated that Gosnell induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh and eighth month of pregnancy, and then killed those infants by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cords.

     "Patients were subjected to squalid and barbaric conditions at Gosnell's clinic" said Mr. Williams. Authorities who went to investigate drug-related complaints at Gosnell's clinic last year stumbled on what the district attorney called “a house of horrors.” When investigators searched the abortion clinic, they found bodies of dead babies in paper bags, plastic bottles, milk jugs, orange juice cartons, and cat containers. Some were stored in refrigerators, and one freezer contained the corpse of a twenty-eight week old baby boy, frozen in a one gallon water bottle. It was apparent that some of these bodies had been there for years. A former employee testified that Gosnell collected the feet of his victims in glass jars. Authorities found about 50 such containers scattered throughout the abortion clinic.

     Another witness stated that women often sat in bloodstained lounge chairs in the “recovery room” while unlicensed, unsupervised workers gave them large doses of various drugs because Gosnell wanted them to be quiet. A janitor at the clinic told jurors that he had threatened to quit because he did not like pulling flesh from aborted babies out of the plumbing. He testified that the toilets backed up once a twice a week and that, whenever he opened the clean-out pipes, fetal parts, such as baby's arms, came spilling out. The catalog of health and safety violations was overwhelming. There can be little doubt that they played a role in the fact that several patients contracted STD's while at the clinic and at least two women died. Inspectors said that the facility was filthy and foul-smelling. They said that the floors and walls were splattered with urine and that some of the furniture was covered in dried blood. They also found dirty surgical instruments as well as plastic disposable speculums and curettes being reused from woman to woman.

     Gosnell made millions of dollars over 30 years performing as many illegal late term abortions as he could, prosecutors said. State regulators ignored complaints about him and failed to visit or inspect his clinic since 1993.

     During the trial, it became clear that organizations like Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation, and others in the pro-abortion community were fully aware of what Gosnell was doing. But they kept quiet because this was a rock they did not want the public looking under. What they knew and wanted to keep hidden, was that everything being done at Gosnell's clinic was within standard operating procedures for every other abortion clinic in the country. So they and their “lap-dogs in the media” started whistling past the graveyard.

     Although Gosnell's trial began in mid-March, 2013, the three leading main media networks, NBC, ABC, and CBS failed to cover his trial. Seventy two congressman accused them of blatant media bias. Not until Friday, April 19th, when pro-life activists took to Twitter en masse, sending hundreds of thousands of Gosnell related tweets, did these major media outlets were forced to cover the trial. Representative Marsha Blackburn stated that “Censorship and media bias allows the corrupt abortion industry to profit at the expense of innocent women and children. The main stream media has a responsibility to report the truth, not turn a blind eye to the biggest civil rights issue of our time.”

     Gosnell was found guilty of two of three counts of first degree murder by waiving his right to an appeal in exchange for two consecutive life sentences. Although charged with murder in the deaths of seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors, the judge dismissed some of the charges on the basis that the state failed to prove that the babies were born alive. In the words of Life Dynamics President, Mark Crutcher, the judges opinion was that "These tortured and mangled children were simply the products of everyday, run of the mill, late-term abortions. In addition, Gosnells's defense team has routinely argued that very point when trying to counter the testimony of prosecution witnesses. To paraphrase their position: These babies were taken to this abortion clinic to be killed and they were killed....so what is the problem? As a long term anti-abortion activist, I have to say that the judge and defense team locked-in on the core issue of this trial. What they are saying is that, if Gosnell decapitated these babies while they were still inside their mother's abdomens, rather than a few feet away on a stainless steel table, then nothing illegal occurred. To put it another way, the mere fact that these children were butchered is irrelevant as long as they were butchered in the appropriate location. This defines the abyss of moral bankruptcy that our legal system and our nation as a whole fell into on the day that Roe v. Wade was handed down.”

     Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has stated in his comments on the Gosnell trial, “We have an opportunity to show people the true nature of abortion, the true meaning of choice. We must seize this moment to make sure everyone understands that what happened in Gosnell's clinic has been happening all over the country for the last forty years.”

Excerpted from various www.lifesitenews.com articles.

 

 

Mother's Day Walk ReturTShirtns



     Seventy-seven walkers/runners full of passion took to the Madison country lanes around St. Anthony Catholic School on May 11 for the return of an old favorite Pro-Life event, the Mother's Day Run/Walk for Life. After a respite of more than a decade, PLM decided to resurrect this annual event and center it around a t-shirt art contest among the students of the school. A colorful walk for life t-shirt designed by 5th grader Sophia de Lange Mora, (pictured) took first place and was artisticly designed with the scripture, “...walk worthy of the Lord, to please him in all you do...” Colossians, 1:10. T-shirts were given to every walker who raised $25 or more in pledges and are now available for a donation of $10.00 at the PLM office.

     After a brisk walk/(run for a few younger and more energetic folks), on a wonderfully cool overcast day, the participants gathered for hot dogs, chips, and ice tea and lemonade, the children enjoyed the inflated bounce house, the snow-cones, and the cotton-candy.

     PLM's Pro-Lifer of the Year, David Dabney was awarded the top prize for fund-raising, bringing in a whopping $945. Other winners included Arie De Lange in second and Reggie Fullwood (a student at St. Joseph High School) in third.

     In all, smiles and fun were abundant, and even the Lord accommodated us with wonderful weather, in spite of an 80% chance prediction of rain. THANK YOU, LORD!

by Melody Miller