Pro-Life Mississippi and Operation Save America will have represenatatives leading the charge. I spoke with Rusty Thomas, the assistant director for Operation Save America. He blajmes abortion for many of the woes he said the nation is facing. He said that's because abortion is our "national sin".
"You all are on the verge of making history-the first abortion-free state. Mississippi gets a bad rap for being lowest in this and that. Mississippi could be the highest in righteousness," he said.
Thomas said part of the rally will be to personify one of what he calls a "victim".
"We're gonna actually have a baby that was murdered by abortion. We named him Daniel. That means God is my judge. He represents over 55 million children made in the image of God that have been slaughtered through the sin and crime of abortion."
The clinic has essentially been on the ropes as the target of legislation passed last year to shut it down. Gov. Phil Bryant has openly acknowledged that he and much of the legislature would like to see it close. The new laws require doctors performing abortions in Mississippi to have local admitting privileges. Clinic owner Diane Dezis has told us they have not been successful in getting that, thus far.
A court order allowing the clinic to continue operating has expired and now the clinic's main business is in question. We reached out to Derzis, but have not been able to get an interview in the past few days. She told us in an earlier interview that she believes the new lagislation is purely politically motivated and has nothing to do with the health of women getting abortions.
Pro-Life Mississippi sent us this statement Monday:
Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortionists have hit a brick wall in attempting to obtain hospital privileges in Jackson, MS. Therefore, Governor Bryant now has the opportunity and duty to interpose himself between Diane Derzis or any other individual who thinks they have the right to kill innocent children in the state of Mississippi.
We spoke with some pro-clinic protestors outside the business who told us they want it to stay open. Some of them said the clinic provides womens wellness services.