MS churches trying to repeal abortion.
Mississippi Voters Seeks Church Guidance on Parenthood.
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - On Tuesday, Mississippi could be the first state to amend the state constitution to outlaw abortion. Proposition 26, also known as the personhood amendment, asks voters if "the term 'person' or 'persons' shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof."
This campaign has been rooted in churches. With the vote this Tuesday, many are looking to their church for direction.
Every Sunday, churches across Mississippi have a captive audience of hundreds of thousands of people. Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven alone has a membership of several thousand people.
Proposition 26 declares life begins at fertilization and if passed, makes abortion illegal in Mississippi. Churches that typically stay out of politics are getting involved.
"We don't get involved in politics, so we're not going to tell you who to vote for, but Initiative 26 is not a political matter it is a biblical matter. The bible makes it plain, life begins in the mother's womb," said Bartholomew Orr.
As pastor of Brown Baptist, Orr even included the measure in his sermon.
"So as we vote yes on Proposition 26, I know folks don't like it, but we ought to speak up for the truth!"
But not every church is on board. The bishop of the Mississippi Episcopalian Church has come out against the proposition.
Bishop Duncan Gray writes:
I share their passion for the sanctity of human life. However, I am gravely concerned about the unintended consequences of this legislation. The moral nightmares of doctors no longer able to give preference to saving the life of the mother in such cases as an ectopic pregnancy and the uncertain impact on in-vitro fertilization are real.
The pastor at St. Timothy's Episcopalian Church in Southaven agrees with his bishop. "I think we should spend more time praying and listening, then being certain. And this reeks of certainty."
“It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.”
― Giordano Bruno