Jackson, Mississippi — Christians from across the nation gathered at the steps of the Mississippi State Capitol building today in remembrance of the 40th year of Roe v. Wade and to demand that state representatives close the last abortion facility within its borders.
The States of Refuge project, which focuses on ending abortion in the five states in America that have just one remaining facility, organized the event in anticipation that Mississippi may soon become the first abortion-free state in the nation.
“All eyes are on Mississippi this week, as the last abortion mill in the state is in its death throes and America will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade — the most egregious U.S. Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott,” the organization outlined in a press release this morning. “[W]e will take the Gospel of the Kingdom to two Jackson high schools, march from the death camp to the State Capitol, and conclude with the 40th year anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade Decision with a prayerfully moving memorial service.”
States of Refuge largely credited the local grassroots efforts of Pro-Life Mississippi and Personhood Mississippi for helping the state get to this point. It explained that the work of these organizations resulted in the election of a Godly governor, who has vowed to fight abortion within the state.
“Recently, Governor Phil Bryant eloquently expressed his strong desire for Mississippi to be abortion-free,” today’s release outlined. “As America’s founders intended, every officer of the judicial, legislative and executive departments, at every level and in every branch, is required to use all lawful means to protect every innocent life within their jurisdictions.”
States of Refuge is holding Bryant to his word, and continued to do so today during its memorial service.
“The people of Mississippi placed a man of God in the governor’s office for such a time as this. Governor Bryant, seize this historic juncture to put an end to legal child killing in your state, so that other leaders will rise up and follow your courageous example,” Pastor Flip Benham stated on behalf of the campaign. “No innocent baby boy or girl should ever be intentionally killed in the womb on your watch, from this day forward.”
As previously reported, last year, lawmakers in Mississippi passed a regulation that requires abortion facilities to have board certification and obtain admitting privileges. The latter requirement, which allows abortionists to send women that are injured during an abortion to local hospitals for further treatment, was said to serve as a safeguard to protect women that need critical medical care.
After the bill was signed into law, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last abortion facility in the state, filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the requirements. During a hearing last July, the facility explained in court that it had been unsuccessful in obtaining admitting privileges, and was granted six months of additional time to comply with the law under the direction of federal judge Daniel Jordan.
Jackson Women’s Health Organization then had until January 11th to comply, but missed the deadline as none of the area hospitals wanted to assist the facility. Court documents filed by administrator Shannon Brewer outlined that Jackson Women’s Health Organization had applied to seven hospitals in central Mississippi, and all have turned it away.
Therefore, because Jackson Women’s Health Organization is unable to find a hospital that wishes to collaborate with the abortion industry, it faces possible closure as early as mid-February. According to reports, the facility will likely receive an inspection notice from the state, which can then shut down the location for non-compliance. Jackson Women’s Health Organization can then appeal the order if it so desires.
Governor Bryant told reporters following the news that he would like to see the facility close.
“My goal, of course, is to shut it down,” he candidly affirmed. “Now, we’ll follow the laws. The bill is in the courts now, related to the physicians and their association with a hospital. But, certainly, if I had the power to do so legally, I’d do so tomorrow.”
Benham says that abortion only continues in America because of the permission of the church.
“Abortion will come to an end, when the Church of Jesus Christ makes up her mind it will end — and not one second sooner,” he declared. “It is therefore imperative for the Church to lead the way in liberating our nation from the forces of darkness from within and without that seeks our demise. States of Refuge provides such an opportunity in Jesus’ mighty name!”
As previously reported, the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade was decided on January 22, 1973, and was handed down by a Republican majority. Out of the seven justices that ruled in favor of Roe, a case that dealt with an admitted false claim of rape, five were Republicans. Judge Harry Blackmun, nominated by Richard Nixon, wrote the majority opinion.
“The Constitution does not define ‘person’ in so many words,” he wrote. “[I]n nearly all these instances [where it is cited], the use of the word is such that it has application only post-natally. None indicates, with any assurance, that it has any possible pre-natal application. .. In short, the unborn have never been recognized in the law as persons in the whole sense.”
However, he noted that if it could be proven that unborn babies truly are persons, abortion could come to an end in America.
Norma McCorvey, the “Roe” in Roe v. Wade, has since denounced abortion, and has vowed to work the rest of her life to overturn the decision.