JACKSON, Miss.--There's no doubt that Gov. Phil Bryant is all for shutting down the state's only remaining abortion clinic. His was the first anti-abortion voice heard on the steps of the state capitol Saturday. But, it was not the last.
"The loss of the unborn is such a tragedy for this nation," he said in his closing words at a Second Amendment rally. "Where are the tears and the anguish over those whose rights were taken from them before they were ever delivered? The rights of the unborn child to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Later Pro-Life Mississippi members and others participated in their annual prayer vigil for the unborn. The 26th annual event comes almost on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, marking abortion legal in America. It also comes as the abortion clinic hangs on by a thread-propped up by court extensions following last year's legislation requiring their doctors to have local admitting privileges.
So far none have been able to comply. Clinic owner Diane Derzis told us the new law is all political and has no basis in how medicine should be practiced.
Meanwhile, Operation Save America, another pro-life group, is planning to try and strike another blow by participating in a Tuesday Pro-Life Mississippi rally aimed at closing the clinic.
Rusty Thomas is assistant director for the group. He said abortion is the cause of many of the country's ills.
"We believe this is the source for much of our woe as a people," he said. "Whenever a people commit child sacrifice and shed innocent blood, the consequence is the rise in tyranny, unjust laws and wicked, foolish leaders."
He said their aim is to make Mississippi the first abortion-free state. Their rally is set for 11 a.m.