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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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Oct. 9th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
It really is. Thanks for reposting.
Oct. 9th, 2011 08:19 pm (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!
Oct. 9th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Oct. 9th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
I'm just gonna headdesk with ya cause thinking about it makes me hurt. *sighs and headdesks*
(no subject) - angearia - Oct. 10th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 10th, 2011 12:07 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.
Oct. 10th, 2011 08:04 am (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. :/
Oct. 10th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you for passing on information about such an important (and terrifying) amendment.
Oct. 11th, 2011 11:04 am (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
Oct. 11th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
Ah, so it is. Fixed.

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(no subject) - gabrielleabelle - Oct. 11th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 11th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you for writing this post.
Oct. 11th, 2011 05:20 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.
Oct. 18th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Yes, actually there are already three women on trial. :( Help us out please!
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Oct. 11th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Found via kyburg. I've had miscarriages. Double-you tee eff. Totally reposted, and a small donation sent to Wake Up, Mississippi.
Oct. 11th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
Saw this on my friends page. Reposted, and hope it helps.
Oct. 11th, 2011 11:11 pm (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.
Oct. 12th, 2011 01:26 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.
Oct. 12th, 2011 03:10 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?
Oct. 12th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
Reposted to Facebook. My head hurts from the angry.
Oct. 12th, 2011 06:51 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.
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