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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at 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.

if this bill passes, every time the word "person" is used in a law, it will include fertilized eggs. that means that all of the following will be outlawed:
- abortion
- the morning after pill
- IUDs
- stem cell research and any related medicines
- drug testing on cloned human tissues and cell lines (including established cell lines)
- cloning of human organs for transplant and research into such
- IVF and storage of frozen blastocysts

we cannot allow this to happen. please, please, please do whatever you can to stop this bill.

Date: 2011-10-14 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tothechangmin.livejournal.com
whut. i cannot understand how miscarriages can be outlawed. WHERE IS THE LOGIC :/

Date: 2011-10-14 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misters.livejournal.com
right? it's so fucked up. but because a fetus would become a "person," miscarriages could be prosecuted as manslaughter or negligent homicide. (which has already happened, by the way.) it would have consequences for ivf procedures, too, because they fertilize a bunch of eggs at once but can only implant so many before it becomes dangerous to the mother, but then under this law they can't dispose of the extras. also, really simple laws like the fucking carpool lane will have to be revised because suddenly a pregnant woman counts as two people. it's offensive and impractical and fucking disgusting and i don't understand how anyone can support it.


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