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Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Ok, I haven't been an active poster on LJ in I don't know how long, but I felt this deserved the attention.

Originally posted by james_nicoll at 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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cobalt_violet From: cobalt_violet Date: October 14th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)
That is... just so damn disturbing I shudder just thinking about it. I mean a fertilised egg? Really?! Are these people seriously promoting the 'rights' of a single cell over the safety and well-being of a fully aware and developed human being? I just... words. Words fail me. It's times like this I drop to my knees and breathe a huge sigh of relief that we have the NHS which doesn't judge, doesn't give in and provides abortion/contraception/practical advice Britain-wide. I mean, the UK has its fair share of absolute nutters, but I couldn't ever see a proposal such as this getting very far. And if it did, quite frankly, I would move to elsewhere in Europe.

Anyway, hello! Nice to see you again! :D
citrus_vanille From: citrus_vanille Date: October 15th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are a lot of severely disturbed people running around in this country (and everywhere, really), and normally I'd feel badly for them - it's not their fault their brains are warped - but instead of trying to find help, talking to a therapist, getting on medication, whatever it is they need, they try to convince other people to be as disturbed as they are, and, unfortunately, it works. They try to force their views on others, and other people listen, with results like this. It is no one's business but mine what I do with my own body. But this goes beyond being anti-abortion, this is actually criminalizing a woman if she has a miscarriage. Not every woman is built to healthily carry a child, and there can always be extenuating circumstances. The woman might want the baby, and maybe she gets sick, or is in an accident, or who knows what, and miscarries - and according to these new laws these insane people are trying to get passed, that would make the would-be mother a murderer. I just don't even understand how twisted someone's brain would have to be to think that's okay.


Hello! Nice to see you as well! How have you been?
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