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Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Follow up post to address common questions/concerns is here.

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.




Follow up post to address common questions/concerns is here.

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lyra500
Oct. 10th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
Wow, that's beyond fucked up.
gabrielleabelle
Oct. 10th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
It really is. Thanks for reposting.
sarahsmile215
Oct. 10th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting about this! I will definitely be putting this on my facebook page so more people can be alerted to this crap!
gabrielleabelle
Oct. 10th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
Thanks!
lyra500
Oct. 10th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
It constantly baffles me how people who believe in small government, who think deregulation is good, who want minimal governmental interference in their lives also want expensive, increased regulation, and more interference in how women run their bodies.

How can it be that regulating uterus activity is good but regulating bank activity is bad?

*headdesk*
gabrielleabelle
Oct. 10th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
I'm just gonna headdesk with ya cause thinking about it makes me hurt. *sighs and headdesks*
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doublemeat
Oct. 10th, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
The worst thing about living in the South is that there's no one to vote for at the state level. The Democrats down here are as bad as the Republicans (worse, in some ways). Zell Miller, the Democratic former Governor and Senator from Georgia who is still extremely popular here, made his bones defending segregation, co-sponsored the Federal Marriage Amendment, and was the keynote speaker at the 2004 Republican Convention!

The DNC refuses to demand any accountability or consistency from the Southern wing of the party, and that isn't likely to change, so I'd recommend supporting organizations like the ACLU or NOW rather than wasting time with the Dems.
gabrielleabelle
Oct. 10th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
Ech. You have a point. Contacting other organizations surely wouldn't go amiss. We just need someone paying attention to it because right now, the amendment has all the backing. :/
aerintine
Oct. 11th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
Thank you for passing on information about such an important (and terrifying) amendment.
alltoseek
Oct. 11th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
Wanted to let you know the correct link for Jackson Women's Health Organization is http://www.jacksonwomenshealth.com (note the .com at the end) Thanks for alerting us!

Came here via oxfordtweed
gabrielleabelle
Oct. 11th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Ah, so it is. Fixed.

Thanks!
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browngirl
Oct. 11th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you for writing this post.
piepants
Oct. 11th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
This is ridiculous. Miscarriages happen 'all the time' in the sense that it happens without a mother knowing. Are those also murders?

Overthrow this crap. It has to be unconstitutional.
margi_lynn
Oct. 18th, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
Yes, actually there are already three women on trial. :( Help us out please!
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snobahr
Oct. 11th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
Found via kyburg. I've had miscarriages. Double-you tee eff. Totally reposted, and a small donation sent to Wake Up, Mississippi.
leftbase
Oct. 12th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
Saw this on my friends page. Reposted, and hope it helps.
shenalia
Oct. 12th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
Also saw this via my friends page; my partner and I both reposted it to spread the word.

Not that the pro-life movement isn't highly hypocritical in its own right much of the time, but... I would like to personally throttle any person who would support a measure like this that also approves of the existence of the U.S. Military. (And I'm saying that as a member of the military myself!) Because they're then saying that the killing of a "human being" is alright when it's dictated by government authority, but not alright when it's someone making a decision about their own body and their own life.
stress_kitten
Oct. 12th, 2011 05:26 am (UTC)
Oh goodness. I've fb'd it (better coverage than my lj) to signal boost... though most of my readership is Canadian. Still, maybe it'll make a few more waves for you guys. That's just so wrong... it scares me the things that I see cropping up down there.
lavericknine
Oct. 12th, 2011 07:10 am (UTC)
I found this thanks to a re-posting, thanks for making the original post.

This Personhood amendment is ridiculous. I know it's already been mentioned, but I guess I'll bring it up again. The woman's body can miscarry "before" a miscarriage. I saw one person calling it a missed miscarriage. It would be ridiculous to persecute these women who have no control over it. And, personally, I support people having control over their own bodies. If we don't even have that right, what do we have?
twistedimp
Oct. 12th, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
Reposted to Facebook. My head hurts from the angry.
tigerbright
Oct. 12th, 2011 10:51 am (UTC)
If this NPR story from June gets emailed and linked a lot, then it'll appear in the most e-mailed stories list and weekly email. And you can also encourage people to email NPR and ask them to cover it again / and update the story.
http://www.npr.org/2011/06/01/136850622/abortion-foes-push-to-redefine-personhood?device=iphone
awmperry
Oct. 12th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
Never mind feminism, any sane person should be against that amendment. My wife's had both an abortion and a miscarriage - if they had a law like this here in South Africa she'd have been locked up.
hollyxu
Oct. 12th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Hi, I'd like to ask, as someone who's not a US citizen, if there's any way I can donate to JWHO?
gabrielleabelle
Oct. 12th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure. The Wake Up, Mississippi page has a Paypal donation link. Does Paypal allow international transactions?
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wispfox
Oct. 12th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
I can't figure out how to donate at their site. Help?
gabrielleabelle
Oct. 12th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Hi! The Paypal donation button is on the Wake Up, Mississippi website. I'm afraid my entry isn't very clear there. Go to that link, it's near the bottom of the page, right above the image of the egg and woman.
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supertailz
Oct. 12th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Hey - I'd love to boost the signal and donate, but I can't figure out how, from their webpage, to donate. How did you acocmplish this? There doesn't seem to be a "donate" "support" or paypal button or info anywhere! Halp?
supertailz
Oct. 12th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Erm, I am dumb. I was looking on the JWHO page, not the wakeupms page. Sorry! Also thank you for this, so much!
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celestyna
Oct. 12th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
x-posted this to a few communities.
thank you
sireesanwar
Oct. 12th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
Sorry to say it but this information is wrong.

It is simply a scar tactic to say they are "this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages". It just isn't so.
http://www.yeson26.net/latest-news/scare-tactics/
gabrielleabelle
Oct. 12th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Dude, you're linking to a pro-amendment website which has the quote:

"Mississippians for Healthy Families is nothing but a front organization for Planned Parenthood and the ACLU."

like it's a bad thing.

What sort of reception are you looking for here?

Just an FYI, women are already being arrested for miscarriages. It's scary, alright.

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arethinn
Oct. 13th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning

Where/how? I couldn't find any information on their website about how one might donate.
gabrielleabelle
Oct. 13th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
It's at the Wake Up, Mississippi homepage.
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lynnenne
Oct. 13th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. I'm not gonna repost because I don't live in the U.S. and I always feel weird about commenting on U.S. politics. But I am gonna make a donation.
greeneyedkzin
Oct. 13th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
I'm fairly awful at signature buttons, but I am REALLY good at PayPal. Ordinarily, I don't announce gifts, but because the 'bot didn't get to point out statements such as "didn't you characters learn that involuntary servitude is wrong back in the Wahhhh" and "this travesty would mean that the only time an XX would have full civil rights would be before she was viable."

Hey, how do we know YOU're human?
mika_kun
Oct. 13th, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
While I utterly disagree with the idea of giving fertilized eggs personhood, I'm a little confused by the claim that it will ban most birth control. Many birth controls I know of are either a barrier method or prevent ovulation. Neither of these involve a fertilized egg. Could you clarify why birth control is at risk?
gabrielleabelle
Oct. 13th, 2011 08:26 am (UTC)
From this article:

"Amendment 26 would effectively outlaw birth control, and this is why. In addition to blocking egg fertilization, most brands of the birth control pill thin the lining of the uterine wall. This thinning means that on the off-chance that an egg is fertilized, it is prevented from attaching to the uterus altogether, and the woman essentially “miscarries.”

This secondary mechanism helps to make the birth control pill 99.9 percent effective, but is also what would call its legality into question should Amendment 26 pass in November."
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