On November 8th, the voters of Mississippi will be considering a “Personhood Amendment” (Amendment #26) which would give a fertilized egg more rights than a live born woman, and would outlaw abortion and birth control. The threatening part about this amendment (and others like it proposed in all the other States) is that it could be a vehicle to be used in the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and thus make abortion and birth control illegal throughout the country. This High Tech Uterine Occupation should scare every progressive and every woman. But, the Democratic Party is not working to organize against this dangerous amendment. The word hasn’t gotten out about how to help fight this.
Eggs Are NOT People. More insanity below the orange squiggly thing.
Shawn Russell had a DK Diary last week about this that got very little attention at the time:
Mississippi Wants to Ban Abortion Even in the Case of Rape and Incest
But, time is running out to fight this, and I’m confident The Great Orange can help reverse the cone of silence around Amendment 26.
Mississippi has an unemployment rate of 10.3% (9th worse in the nation), consistently ranks in the lowest in education, 17.6% of Mississippians have no health insurance, and 21.8% of its citizens live below the poverty level. Yet, these yahoos think it’s important to focus on further degrading women by making it impossible to get an abortion instead of taking real action to improve the living conditions in their state. This is also the state that has the strictest abortion TRAP laws of any state. And, this is the state that has only one remaining abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
The text of Amendment 26, The Personhood Amendment, is as follows:
“Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Mississippi: SECTION 1. Article III of the constitution of the state of Mississippi is hereby amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION TO READ: Section 33. Person defined. As used in this Article III of the state constitution, “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.” This initiative shall not require any additional revenue for implementation.”
This proposed Amendment 26 - The Mississippi Personhood Amendment - will be up for vote on November 8th. If this passes, AND IT IS EXPECTED TO PASS, it will be a disaster for women in Mississippi.
In the years ahead, the disaster will spread across the country. Here’s why: The idea of “personhood” sounds so warm and fuzzy and even reasonable, it’s hard for most people to believe that there might be something nefarious to this campaign. One doesn’t have to do much digging to see that this is an all-out assault on abortion rights. As Personhood USA says loudly and proudly on their website: “personhood is the key to defeating Roe v. Wade.” On the first page of their website, they brag that they have “personhood petitions now active in all 50 states.”
This week, the clinic put up a website
Wake Up Mississippi!
and sent out the following plea for support:
This is an URGENT MESSAGE FROM MISSISSIPPI!!!! I am writing to you from the true FRONTLINES of the ABORTION BATTLE!!! Jackson Women’s Health Organization is the last and only refuge for Mississippi Women seeking abortion. After the tragic loss of Susan Hill, we scrambled to ensure that the work of this facility did not lapse. I want to thank you for all your support over the last several years in protecting Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Mississippi Legislators and anti choice zealots continue every year with their assaults on reproductive healthcare making MS abortion laws the most restrictive in the land. AND…We are still standing STRONG! However, on November 8th, the MS ballot will include the Personhood Amendment which will end abortion in MS and will more than likely take Roe-v-Wade to the Supreme Court. WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN! And neither can you…
The extremist group – Personhood USA - openly states on their website that “personhood” is the key to overturning Roe V. Wade. On the front page of their website they brag that they have petitions for similar amendments in ALL 50 STATES!
MS Amendment #26 actually states that a zygote is a person even before it attaches to the uterus! If passed, Personhood Amendment #26 will not only ban abortion BUT ALSO ban most (if not all) forms of birth control, end in-vitro fertilization, and make stem cell research illegal. In addition, women who miscarry will be subject to criminal investigation! THIS MEASURE GOES TOO FAR AND IS A THREAT TO – NOT ONLY WOMEN IN MISSISSIPPI – BUT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY!
If you are thinking to yourself that this amendment is too radical to pass, think again. The original petition to place this on the ballot had 30,000 MORE SIGNATURES than necessary. The Democratic candidate for Governor openly supports this amendment as does the current Attorney General, ALSO A DEMOCRAT!
Jackson Women’s Health Organization is working with grassroots women and men throughout the state to defeat this measure. Although Planned Parenthood offers some family planning services in Mississippi, they do not offer abortion services and therefore do not endure the harassment our doctors, staff, and patients deal with daily.
We are the only ones left in the fight and on the ground!
We are creating home-made signs and leaflets to distribute everywhere/ anywhere we go. Mississippi Pro-Choice Activists are popping up in towns across the state and asking for resources to spread the word on this dangerous Amendment. We have never seen anything like it before! We need your help! We must expand our outreach immediately to radio, billboards, and TV. Please send a donation to support this “on the ground” movement to protect the rights of Mississippi Women. We must thwart this MIS-INFORMATION campaign that Personhood USA is spreading and educate our voters about the dangers of Amendment #26!
We ask you to put your money where the real battle is being fought…not in a corporate board room, but in the halls of the clinics and the houses of the organizers who are volunteering their time and efforts. We don’t have time for polling or committee or subcommittee meetings with less than a month left before the vote. http://www.WakeUpMississippi.org/ is already on the ground running. We don’t have the luxury of a built in donor list and the name recognition of the abortion corporations. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. Please put your money where it will do the most good: on the front lines in Mississippi.
Please support this organic movement and show that America cares about Mississippi Women and their Families! Your response is required immediately!
Owner and Reproductive Freedom Fighter
Jackson Women’s Health Organization
PS Please send whatever you can NOW to stop Amendment #26 in Mississippi! Use this link to our organization for Paypal payments:
Or mail checks to:
2903 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216
Thus, this initiative is the first step in a plan by Personhood USA to overturn Roe V Wade and end all abortion in this country. The impact goes further than shutting down clinics. This amendment could literally imprison women in addition to imprisoning women in their own bodies.
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Well this is all fucking horrifying.