Mississippi abortion clinic owner: “God wants me to do this job”

derzisby Kelli

“I feel like God wants me to do this job,” said [Mississippi abortion clinic owner Diane] Derzis, who has a raspy smoker’s voice and a penchant for brightly painted fingernails and chunky jewelry.

She started working as an abortion clinic counselor shortly after the first clinic opened in Alabama in the 1970s.

Derzis talks openly about the abortion she had when she was 20, newly married and in college. She said didn’t want children, and knew immediately she wanted to end the pregnancy. Derzis said her mother told her she’d regret it, but she hasn’t. She said she was about 12 weeks along when she had the procedure, and the doctor was gruff and disrespectful.

“I thank God every day I had that abortion,” said Derzis, who later divorced and doesn’t have children. “It was not a great experience, but you know what? I had a safe abortion. And that’s what counts.”

~ ABC News, November 23

[Photo via knoxnews.com]

Mississippi’s last remaining abortion clinic’s last hope: the courts

imageWe all rely too heavily on the court system, but at this stage of the game it’s our only hope.

~ Diane Derzis, owner of Jackson Women’s Health Organization, as quoted by The Guardian, January 24.

JWHO is Mississippi’s last remaining abortion clinic and has been notified by the state Department of Health that it will have to close in six weeks for breaching a new MS law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The clinic has also been cited for having too few parking spaces, with less than 20.

[Photo via The New York Daily News]

Pro-life video of the day: Mississippi’s only abortion clinic remains open…for now

by LauraLoo

Fox News reports Mississippi’s only abortion clinic was open Monday after a federal judge temporarily blocked a law from being enforced that the clinic says could regulate it out of business.

The owner of Jackson Women’s Health Organization said it was “business as usual” and the clinic’s two physicians will continue to see patients and do abortions unless a court orders them to stop.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QvOoId97m4[/youtube]

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[HT: 89 WLS Chicago]

Five reasons Mississippi’s personhood initiative lost (aside from the other side’s whopping lies)

personhoodAs the dust settles after the defeat of Mississippi’s personhood initiative  last week, here are five reasons I think it lost.

These  have nothing to do with the whopping lies the other side told. In other words, these are constructive criticisms.

I ran my thoughts past Keith Mason of Personhood USA, who took them well. He even gave me one I hadn’t thought of. This is a learning process.

1. We should have anticipated and precluded their whopping lies.


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A person’s still not a person no matter how small in Mississippi

Three weeks ago Mississippi’s Initiative 26, or the “personhood amendment,” enjoyed 80+% support. Last week internal pro-life polling showed it was still up by 18 points.

Yet Initiative 26 ended up losing last night 58-42%.

There were two simple reasons for the loss:

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Mississippi Personhood Amendment fails

So let’s keep this “personhood” stuff to a minimum, OK? It’s been repeatedly shut down because cuckoo-bananas politics simply doesn’t work. Get over it!

And to the freedom fighters out there, remember that Mississippi is far from being out of the woods (remember their one little abortion clinic in the entire state?!).

Keep up the great work!

~ Anti-Anti on the defeat of the Personhood Amendment in the November 8 MS election, Abortioneers, November 9

Mississippi personhood vote on razor’s edge

A new poll underscores just how close Mississippi is to passing the country’s first “personhood” law, which would define life as beginning at conception. Public Policy Polling finds that, hours before tomorrow’s vote, 45 percent of voters supported the amendment, while 44 percent opposed it.

“Things can definitely go either way tomorrow,” said Public Policy Polling director Tom Jensen. “The stakes here are huge. This is really the most interesting thing on the ballot tomorrow anywhere in the country.”

~ Sarah Kliff, The Washington Post’s Wonkblog, November 7

[Photo by Rogelio V. SolisAP, via The Washington Post]

Mississippi governor demands abortion front group stop deceptive robo-calls about personhood initiative

They deceived from the moment of their conception, pardon the pun, by stating they were Mississippians for Healthy Families. In actuality two of the group’s three organizing officers were CEOs of Planned Parenthoods in other states, and the third was the executive director of ACLU of Mississippi, certainly not family-oriented.

Since then the lies they’ve told about Initiative 26, Mississippi’s personhood amendment. have been too numerous to recount.

But today the group got about as close to incurring a “cease and desist” order as it could possibly get, from none other than Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.

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