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Mississippi "Personhood"

Category: Roe v Wade
Posted: 10/28/11 13:35

by Dave Mindeman

OK, I'm going to wade into the weeds here and talk about the Mississippi "Personhood" amendment:

A ballot measure going before voters in Mississippi on Nov. 8 would define the term ?person? in the State Constitution to include fertilized human eggs and grant to fertilized eggs the legal rights and protections that apply to people.

One of the problems with the anti-choice crowd is that they look at the birth of a baby as a backtracking trail of viability. They believe that if a baby is a life, then all the various stages leading up to the birth are a life as well. Fetus, zygote, fertilized egg. All life. Pretty soon we will be naming sperm and the glint in your eye.

I almost wish the Mississippi amendment would pass. I know that sounds strange for a progressive liberal to say, but I believe that the Mississippi legislation would finally create the massive revolt against this type of thinking that is simmering under the surface.

Women have invested too much in reproductive choice to let it whither away. We all have a measure of discomfort with abortion but backtracking to take away all reproductive decisions leading up to birth, is going to be unacceptable.

The crux of the problem with the Mississippi amendment is that it deals with fertilization. And that moves directly into birth control and family planning. Private choices and contradictions to science.

Fertilized eggs are not "persons". I think the vast majority of people would accept that. Even the idea that a fertilized egg is a "potential" person is a scientific stretch of exponential magnitude. If fertilized eggs are actual persons then the in vitro fertilization process would have to be banned. The process of in vitro produces way more fertilized eggs than are needed because the hope is that the odds of implantation is increased by the numbers. If the Mississippi amendment is in place, then in vitro clinics are guilty of murder....mass murder.

Evangelical Christians keep moving the goal posts on reproduction in America. But I will tell you this, if the grip on reproductive rights tighten to the extent of the Mississippi law, the vast majority of American women will say ENOUGH.

Birth control is an accepted practice. It is a necessary practice. Women could not have made the progress in equality that they have without it. To move backwards is unthinkable. And to extend life to a fertilized egg is ignoring some basic scientific principle about who and what we are.

We are unique in the universe because we can think. The Mississippi amendment not only stops reproductive rights, it stops rational thought.

comments (6) permalink
11/03/11 07:48
FYI : Although this issue was defeated twice in Colorado, and Mississippi will vote on November 8th, Wisconsin State Representative Andre Jacque has begun circulating a state constitutional personhood amendment for co-sponsorship. The Wisconsin Personhood Amendment would provide that the equal and inherent right to life is applied ?to every human being at any stage of development.?
10/30/11 20:24
Ah, ha , I see it now when I click on the entire post. Since it isn't highlighted as the rest of the type , I have just been overlooking it. Thanks for letting me know.
10/30/11 11:47
Jackie - the posts have a date at the top, right under the category. It's in small print and may not show up well, but they do have a date. Thanks again for reading and commenting.
10/30/11 10:38
These people are insane...pure and simple. I am sick to death of men promoting this craziness. It just gets worse and worse as time goes on.
Just a suggestion, Dave. how about dating your columns?
10/29/11 01:36
Go ahead and add the person. Please let Mac know.
10/28/11 23:25
Hi, our problem is this has been a religious issue, and also people use the term "baby killer". No one wants to be kill the baby. We don't talk about the life of the woman, the cost of birth control, the pain of unwanted pregancy, the cost of children.

AND... is it okay if I add another person as a writer to the roundtable? If not, I can tell you the info and see if you agree yourself.


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