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October 12th, 2011
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Mississippi Personhood Amendment
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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.



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From:miseri
Date:October 13th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
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...this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages.

I find this exceedingly hard to believe, and I suspect that this is merely scaremongering on the part of the original poster. Remember, I've been arguing FOR the personhood of the foetus for a while (hi, I'm The Enemy) and these two issues strike me as being way, way off to left field. The Catholic Church, which has been asserting the personhood of the unborn for as long as I can remember, may see birth control as a sin along similar lines, but nowhere have I seen any suggestion of an equivalency relationship such as the original poster suggests. They are different things, both bad in some eyes, and I dare say there are some who will accept one as good but not the other.

As for the criminalisation of women who have miscarriages ... frankly, that's just laughable.
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From:joenotcharles
Date:October 13th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
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In a sane country, it would be laughable. However, this is just the latest of several laws that went to legislatures in the several US states which actually do say this. They make it a requirement to investigate every miscarriage in order to determine that it is not actually an abortion, and holding the mother responsible for proving conclusively that it actually was a miscarriage. If this can't be conclusively proven, it is assumed to be an abortion and the mother is charged with murder.

(The Georgia law specifies that there must be, "no human involvement whatsoever," which means that a miscarriage caused by the mother falling down the stairs would also qualify as murder. I'm sure the people drafting the bill didn't intend to criminalize falling down the stairs while pregnant, but that's what the text of the law says.)

This likely would not pass in court, since it conflicts with "innocent until proven guilty", but why take the chance?
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