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I normally don't post about things like this, especially because of how many of you do not live in the US, but this is just making my blood boil. I don't see how it could possibly be right for other people to be able to dictate what I do with my body, or any other woman's body, to basically force them into going through pregnancy. And as I said to a friend, if birth control pills are ever somehow made illegal (and it seems very far-fetched that this could happen, but all it takes is for this to somehow get through in one state and then be taken to the supreme court and have things snowball from there), I am either obtaining them illegally and anyone who disagrees can go fuck off of my business or I am just leaving the country because this is ridiculous.

Also, apparently there's already work on getting this put on the ballot in Ohio as well, they're working on getting signatures of support and they're already planning/working on getting such things started in all the other states.

Originally posted by [ profile] digitalsidhe at Mississippi Personhood Amendment Close to Passage
Originally posted by [ 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?

  1. 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.
  2. If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.
  3. You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.
  4. Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

Date: 2011-10-15 02:08 pm (UTC)
mec: (altar)
From: [personal profile] mec
I can't even comprehend how people can legitimately think this is a good idea. America's so backwards, in some ways. :-( How the hell something that has never even been conscious can take priority over a living, breathing human being, I will never understand.

Date: 2011-10-15 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can't either! And that's the thing, it seems to be extremists who are completely batshit crazy! They had to get a certain number of signatures from voters in Mississippi to get it on the ballot and from what I've read it seems like they aren't fully educated at the time of signing as to the implications such an amendment could have. The group sponsoring it is claiming it won't affect invitro-fertilization or birth control (specifically hormone pills) when it directly contradicts what granting that status to fertilized eggs would mean.

What gets me is that apparently the pro-life response to ectopic pregnancies is supposed to be... see if it miscarries/takes care of itself on its own or if it ruptures to remove the fallopian tube outright rather than directly terminating the pregnancy.

It's ridiculous! And surely anyone sane would agree but people aren't educating themselves on it and for whatever reason the issue isn't gaining that much publicity through major sources.

And really, a nice chunk of people who are anti-abortion/pro-thiscompleteBS are people who approve of capital punishment and war. Apparently all life is sacred until it can make decisions on its own.

Date: 2011-10-17 10:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I'm confused over who would think this a good thing.


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