(LibertySociety.com) – For centuries, many people of varying faiths have believed in the mighty power of prayer. On November 28, Christians of different denominations, political parties, and races will gather at a Mississippi church to direct that power at the Supreme Court. Two days later, on December 1, SCOTUS will begin to hear arguments to determine if the southern state can reinstitute a law that will ban abortions after 15 weeks. The law is currently blocked, and Christians who plan to attend the Pray Together For Life event either in person or virtually to promote their belief in the “sanctity of human life.”
The diverse gathering will occur in Jackson at the New Horizon Church, and they won’t be alone. Event coordinators will use video streaming to connect Christians from all over the country who want to join them in prayer. The president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, said many churches will participate and include an assembly at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
States Challenge Roe v. Wade
Mississippi isn’t the only state challenging the 1973 Roe v. Wade case, which guarantees a woman’s right to an abortion as protected under the 14th Amendment to the Consitution. Texas recently passed a law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Although the Supreme Court is currently examining the legislation, they haven’t made a ruling in that case, so the measure is still in place.
There are currently 10 other states with laws in place that will become enforceable if SCOTUS overturns the 70s ruling, according to the Guttmacher Institute. In addition, 19 states in the union already have restrictions on abortion, particularly with regard to medication-induced procedures.
Former Republican state legislator Andy Gipson believes Roe v. Wade is an old law based on science the US had at the time, and it needs an update.
Pro-choice advocates worry if the restriction on abortion continues, America could return to a time when back-alley abortions led to many women’s deaths.
Prayers and Revisions
The CDC reported more than 90% of abortions in the United States occur within the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. If the Supreme Court lifts the bans on the 15-week abortion law in Mississippi as the prayer groups hope, it should only affect less than 10% of procedures. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization said only about 100 abortions per year in the Magnolia State occur after the 15-week mark.
Speakers at the event will include Governor Tate Reeves (R-MS), Representative Ronnie Crudup Jr. (R-MS), several bishops, pastors, and other pro-life activists. SCOTUS is allowing live audio of the session.
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