There has been a wonderful and powerful victory in Mississippi.
“We will all answer to the Good LORD one day. I will say in this instance, ‘I fought for the lives of innocent babies, even under threat of legal action.’”
That’s what Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant had to say this month after he signed Mississippi’s Fetal Heartbeat Bill into law.
But we must continue to pray as his signature sets the stage for a legal battle that will likely head all the way to the Supreme Court.
In February of this year, the Mississippi House and Senate passed Fetal Heartbeat Bill, which would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around 6 weeks, and sent it to Governor Bryant’s desk for his signature.
Governor Bryant said in a February tweet, “I’ve often said I want Mississippi to be the safest place for an unborn child in America. I appreciate the leadership of the MS House and Senate, along with members of the Legislature, for passing the fetal heartbeat bills today. I look forward to signing this act upon passage.”
And sign it he did on March 21, 2019.
Even amid many threats and promises of legal challenges to this law, Bryant stood with his beliefs and values. He made it clear he will not be ashamed of what he will tell his Father when he meets Him in Heaven.
Pro-abortion organizations are already mobilizing for a court battle.
“This ban is one of the most restrictive abortion bans signed into law, and we will take Mississippi to court to make sure it never takes effect,” promised Hillary Schneller of the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Pro-Life Mississippi responded with a statement on Facebook in support of the bill, “Checking for a heartbeat confirms a living person-deserving of our protection. The MS Heartbeat law will be challenged in the courts but without question Heartbeat tugs at the heart of our nation and our courts to respect all lives, including pre-born lives.”
Similar laws have been passed or are on track to be passed in several other states all setting up for a legal battle that will likely head all the way to the Supreme Court.
Many are praying that these cases end up in an overturning of Roe vs. Wade.
With Justice Kavanaugh now on the court, many pro-lifers are hopeful for a precedent-setting victory that would have been impossible just a year ago.
For many years, this country has disregarded the value of human life. The fact that we all deserve life and dignity and that all life is precious has gone ignored by many. This is especially true in the case of pre-born babies.
In fact, New York recently passed a bill allowing abortions to be performed up to the baby’s due date. This is a horrific and devastating loss on the pro-life front, not to mention for potentially thousands of babies, so to have this big victory in Mississippi is especially important now.
When people have down-graded life to a collection of cells, life ceases to be important to them. Is it any wonder that there is so much more violence and hate in the world when life itself is seen as so unimportant, so worthless?
This world needs to realize the value of each human life, and perhaps if this country could begin that realization, it could influence the rest of the world to love and value each person as a creation and a child of God.
Love can only come when we realize the worth of every person around us. When we realize that our lives are not just about us, but also about how we love and treat those who are around us.
We all have rights, even those who cannot speak up for themselves yet.
That makes it especially important for us to stand and speak up for them.
Proverbs 31:8-9 states, “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
Do not pre-born children constitute the mute, poor, and needy? Are they not the responsibility of us all?
Society should protect children, not sacrifice their lives largely for our own selfish wants.
Please, let us all continue to pray for the lives of the children in this country and all over the world. For some of them, our willingness to help mothers and speak up for the rights of their babies’ vulnerable lives could pull some from the precipice of death.
If you would like information on how you can support the efforts to save the lives of pre-born children, please visit www.heartbeatinternational.org.
Thank you all for your continued prayers.