Just when you begin to think the whole world is full of sin, murder, violence and evil, there comes a ray of hope. The “Heartbeat Bill” was passionately debated, on into the evening, at the Mississippi House of Representatives.
House Bill #1196 passed, which “requires abortionists to check for a fetal heartbeat, inform the mother that there was a fetal heartbeat, and—if the Senate passes the current version—prohibit the killing of the child after its heartbeat can be detected.”
“The intent appears to be that if the Senate passes this bill that surgical abortion in this state will largely be eliminated—representing a protection from death for thousands of unborn children in Mississippi and protection from the spiritual, emotional and physical danger of abortion for their mother.” BCN News
Mississippi Representative Andy Gipson’s bill passed 78 – 36. Next, the bill will go to the Republican controlled State Senate for consideration and vote. Gibson argued, “This is not a personhood bill, this is the Heartbeat Bill. If life cannot be detected in a heartbeat, then when?”
The Oklahoma Senate has passed a watered-down version of the bill that would require abortion providers to offer each woman who comes to them for an abortion the opportunity to hear the fetal heartbeat before the procedure. Then, she would make the choice on whether or not to continue with the abortion.
Meanwhile, the debate continued on the Mississippi House floor with Rep. John Hines Sr., a Democrat, in protest of the anti-abortion legislation. He suggested an amendment to the Heartbeat Bill, prohibiting men from undergoing a vasectomy operation, expressing the need for fairness. “We have consistently told women what they could do with their bodies,” Hines said. “But every time a man chooses he doesn’t want a child, he has a say.”
Hines’ argument was met with “AMENS” from the floor.
Rep. Hines went on: “If we are serious about being pro-lifers, then men should not be able to get away with doing stuff to their bodies that women should not be able to get away with.”
Hines vasectomy proposal failed and Gipson was offended, criticizing Representatives for making light of a serious issue.
Sometimes the answers to our complex questions are so simple, we can’t see the forest for the trees.
Before there were Democrats and Republicans, before there were politicians and man-made legislation, before there was debate and discussion and worldly reasoning… before all of that, there was the Word of God and His law!
The shedding of innocent blood is a grievous offense to the Most High God and societies that did such things were judged harshly. Sacrificing children at the altar of ‘convenience’ is abominable and is condemned in scripture – and those who do such things can expect their land to be cursed (Deut 32, Ps 106).
Yet, over 54 million have indeed been slaughtered in abortion mills across this country.
If we could see these atrocities through the eyes of God, would not the streets of our country run deep with the blood of the innocent?
Good for Mississippi. I hope the real “Heartbeat Bill” is passed in every single state and quickly. Until then, I can only look out over the shape of things and lament like Jeremiah.
While the mercy part of me still prays 2 Chronicles 7:14, my heart of hearts cries out Revelation 22:20:
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Even so, Come Lord Jesus!”