Mississippi has one abortion facility left in the whole state.
Jackson Women’s Health Organization is located in a big pink building that tries to dress up the killing of unborn babies with rainbow vests, claims about helping women and “bubble gum”-colored paint.
But it soon may close thanks to decades-long efforts by pro-lifers to end abortions.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a Mississippi case that many believe directly challenges Roe v. Wade and could allow states to protect unborn babies once again. At issue in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is the question of “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.”
“If they do overturn Roe, we’re done,” Derenda Hancock, a volunteer at the abortion facility, told Reuters. “I know in my heart this is the big enchilada.”
Abortion activists’ pessimism is pro-life’ advocates hope. If the Supreme Court upholds the law, tens of thousands of unborn babies and mothers could be spared from pain and death, and pro-life advocates are ready to help them.
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One of the sidewalk counselors outside the abortion facility, Dr. Beverly McMillan, is a former Mississippi abortionist who became pro-life after she recognized the truth about unborn babies. She often stands outside praying and offering support to mothers in need, according to Reuters.
“Ideally I’d like a constitutional amendment that recognizes the humanity of the unborn,” McMillan said.
Allan Klein, another pro-life sidewalk counselor, said he does not just want abortions to be illegal, he also wants to help society understand that unborn babies are valuable.
“I’m more interested in getting people to change their minds,” he told Reuters. “Ultimately, law enforcement isn’t going to completely keep people from doing what they want to do.”
Photos by Reuters and the AP show other pro-life sidewalk counselors holding signs that read, “There is a child inside you. We love you. We can help you,” and “Pray to end abortion.” Others show a pro-lifer offering a gift and packet of information to someone in a vehicle.
For now, the Jackson abortion facility is still open, aborting unborn babies up to 16 weeks of pregnancy. However, that could change next year when the Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling.
“The impact it would have affects so many clinics, so many women,” said Shannon Brewer, the director of the abortion facility. “This one has a huge impact across the country.”
The impact could indeed be huge for children’s futures. Mississippi reported 3,005 abortions in 2018 – each representing a unique, living human being who otherwise might have lived and thrived.