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Mississippi Aborts the Personhood Amendment

| On 09, Nov 2011

The state of Mississippi will not refer to a newly fertilized egg as a "person," as conservatives wished. (Photo by Barbara Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger/AP)

The state of Mississippi stood up on Tuesday against the powerful pro-life supporters who were angling to get the Personhood Amendment passed.

The amendment, known as Initiative 26, would have redefined a “person” as beginning from the moment of conception, making it almost impossible for abortion, in-vitro fertilization, or even the morning after pill to be an option for people in Mississippi. It also would not have made exceptions for abortions dealing with rape, incest, or ectopic pregnancies.

Well, voters didn’t like that option even though it had support from the pro-life GOP crowd. They struck down the initiative 57 to 43 percent with 64 percent of precincts reporting.

Nationally, the issue received a lot of media coverage because of the strong way that Personhood supporters fought for life to be recognized at the moment of fertilization. Even though Mississippi is in the Bible Belt, people could not seem to wrap their minds around such a restrictive law.

Personhood tried to get a similar law passed in Colorado in 2010 and voters rejected it. Frankly, it’s too conservative and women are not trying to be told how to handle their bodies. If it had passed, the law would have come in direct conflict with the federal Roe vs. Wade decision of 1973 that protected a woman’s right to abortion. The fight would have been taken to the Supreme Court.

I’m glad the people of Mississippi woke up and fought against this one…

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