Mississippi to Vote Tuesday on Calling Fertilized Eggs Humans

Monday, November 07, 2011
Potential citizen of Mississippi
Pro and con sides of the abortion debate will be watching Mississippi closely on Tuesday to see if a controversial and far-reaching initiative will be adopted by voters.
The constitutional amendment would make Mississippi the first state to designate a fertilized egg as a person—which would result in outlawing virtually all abortions, as well as certain types of birth control. The only exception would be to save the life of the pregnant woman.
Some proponents even object to the term “fertilized egg,” preferring “embryo.”
Opponents say women who become pregnant as a result of being raped or molested would have to go to term, if the measure passes. They also argue that it would limit in-vitro fertilization, make birth control methods such as IUDs and “morning-after pills” illegal and outlaw the destruction of embryos created in laboratories.
Not all anti-abortion groups are backing the Mississippi initiative. National Right to Life and the Roman Catholic bishops have refused to promote it because they believe the plan could backfire and lead to a U.S. Supreme Court challenge resulting in defeat for the right-to-life movement.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Antiabortion Movement Hoping for Electoral Victory in Miss. (by Sandhya Somashekhar, Washington Post)
Personhood Deeply Divisive (by Gary Pettus, Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Pro and Con Arguments for Initiative 26 (pdf) 


Lifeisbeautiful88 10 years ago
it is simply bringing the constitution in line with what science already recognizes: "by all the criteria of modern molecular biology, life is present from the moment of conception." dr. hymie gordon, chairman, department of genetics at the mayo clinic "the only times we even question whether human beings are persons (or “truly” human) are during exploitation and injustice. during the holocaust, in support of slavery, and to spread eugenics, for example, we have questioned whether the people exploited or abused are really, truly human. to me, that’s powerful." ana banderas http://liveaction.org/blog/is-it-a-person/ ain’t i a woman? this is what sojourner truth asked when she gave her famous speech about the rights of black women. well, ain’t i a person? ryan bomberger answers this question in this beautiful music video written by a man who was conceived by an act of rape: http://www.theradiancefoundation.org/portfolio-item/unwanted-a-story-about-choice/ how fortunate his mother recognized his “personhood”!

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