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Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by soldiergrrrl at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by twbasketcaseat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by gabrielleabelleat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
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.

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I did not repost this, but instead wrote my own call to action, because I deeply resent this call's implication that criminalizing medical procedures is in any way less morally wrong than criminalizing natural body processes.

(Obviously, if a woman has lost a wanted pregnancy, the unbelievable cruelty of adding to her pain with a criminal prosecution is horrific. But.)

28% of women in the US are estimated to have had abortions (including me). 25% to 35% of women in the US are estimated to have had miscarriages (including me).

Implying that the group of women who have had, or will have had, miscarriages is somehow larger or worthier of protection than the group of women who have had, or will have had, abortions makes me uncomfortable. If I am misparsing or misunderstanding the words of the original poster, my apologies to her.

I think the argument being made is that even if you are against abortion, this is an entirely dumbfuck idea for assorted reasons, among them that miscarriages (let alone the many, many more cases where fertilized eggs don't implant for natural reasons) are so bloody common that probably 90%+ of women within the state would be subject to investigation and theoretical prosecution for "causing the death" of a "person".

Edited at 2011-10-12 07:21 pm (UTC)

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Ah, thank you. I couldn't find a link anywhere on the "Jackson Women's Health Organisation" site and was about to ask.

Donation made. And I got a personalized reply. Either they have software that recognizes and responds to non-US donations with an appropriate template, or an actual human wrote back.

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