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Mississippi Personhood Amendment - Protect your rights as women

Now, I'm well aware of the arguments, both pro and con, on abortion. And I'm also aware of the school of thought that a zygote is a person. But I firmly believe in a right to choose. And I firmly believe in human rights. When rights are dictated by the state or nation, and those rights infringe on personal freedoms that do not affect others either positively or negatively, then those rights are wrong. Get it? Wrong. I haven't worked for more than 40 years to emancipate women and then watch the law build the cages back up again. Please read and consider the post below. Just consider it. Think about it. That's all I ask.

- Erulisse (one L)

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Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

It concerns me just how many women support this amendment. I wonder why they think it is all right to take away our hard won victories. We still do not have full emancipation; if we did this sort of amendment would never have been considered.
I wonder all the time about why women allow themselves to be put into positions of abuse, no power, and subjugation. I guess I just am really poor slave or thrall material - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)
Trying to bring the same amendment to all 50 states? If ever there was a time to pour my effort into our current governor's recall, this would be it. I could see it happening here too.

I doubt there's much we can do to stop it in Mississippi, since Mississippi is . . . Mississippi. I'm not sure what the law is concerning amendments to state constitutions that might violate the US Constitution. Again, I don't much trust our current US Supreme Court either.

I think the world has gone mad . . .

Edited at 2011-10-12 11:11 pm (UTC)
I agree, Randy. The world has gone made. Government which is supposed to be for the benefit of the people suddenly is for the benefit of government and the people are secondary or not considered at all. Protections that we fought so hard to get are now having doors slammed on them nationwide. The liberalism of my youth has become the ultra-conservatism of my late middle age and the US is trying to fit back into its snail shell again, but it has outgrown it. Thank you for reposting, I hate being frightened alone :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
With that in place, any woman who had a miscarriage could be arrested on suspicion of having aborted her baby - I can't imagine the trauma that would cause a woman already trying to deal with one tragedy. The 'morning after' pill would no doubt be illegal, too. All forms of birth control would end up under scrutiny... That is horrific!

There are people here who would like that idea, and out new Chief Justice is a rather conservative man, so reading something like this makes me uneasy.
It is frightening. And the laws in your country are different and, in many ways newer, than ours with possible increased difficulties because of that. {{{hugs}}}

- Erulisse (one L)