WHEREAS, January 22nd, 2004, marks the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court of the United States; and
WHEREAS, legal abortion has since taken the lives of more Americans than the sum of all of America’s war casualties with untold thousands of Mississippi's unborn children among the more than 43 million unborn children nationwide; and
WHEREAS, unborn children have no voice to speak in their own defense and we as public officials and concerned citizens must do everything legally in our power to protect the lives of the unborn; and
WHEREAS, we have to start by changing hearts and minds one at a time if we are ever going to end the tragedy of abortion; and
WHEREAS, we must promote other choices, like adoption, so that instead of an unborn baby’s life ending in abortion, the baby can grow up in a loving home.
WHEREAS, the time has come for the Supreme Court of the Untied States to overturn its decision in Roe v. Wade which is neither good law, nor good policy:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Haley Barbour, Governor of the State of Mississippi, hereby proclaim the week beginning January 18th and ending January 25th, 2004, as
A WEEK OF PRAYER REGARDING THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE
in the State of Mississippi and authorize the placement of small white crosses, or other suitable small symbols of remembrance subject to my approval, on the lawn of the State Capitol during this week in memory of the unborn children who die each day in America.
DONE in the City of Jackson, on the 17th day of January in the year of our Lord, two thousand and four, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and twenty-eighth.
Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741