Proposition 26: A Question of Personhood

This coming Tuesday here in Mississippi, an amendment to the state constitution will come up for a vote, triggering  alarm bells across country, reminiscent of klaxon aboard a nuclear submarine you might see in a movie:


Liberals all across the country have announced their unmitigated horror  of  the amendment in their own unbaised way:

Many doctors and women’s health advocates say the proposals would cause a dangerous intrusion of criminal law into medical care, jeopardizing women’s rights and even their lives. – The New York Times

This pernicious Mississippi proposal, based on religious extremism and ignorance of human anatomy and biology, is not just about abortion. It would allow religious interference with all medical care involving the female reproductive system. The anti-abortion movement has never been just about abortion. It has always been about the desire of certain religions to control women’s bodies and lives. Proposition 26 strips away the pretense—which all anti-abortion groups try to maintain—that ordinary birth control, practiced by Americans of all faiths, would not also be affected by declaring the “personhood” of every embryo. The leaders of these groups are well aware that most Americans, including those who oppose abortion, regard birth control in quite a different and positive light. – The Washington Post, “On Faith” Blog, written by an atheist

And, believe it or not, we actually have Liberals in Mississippi, too….even after Shep Smith moved to New York.

The travesty of Proposition 26 is that, with a modicum of intelligence, it could have served its purpose and withstood some degree of legal scrutiny.

If the amendment, which will not be subject to any modifications by the Legislature or courts, had outlawed second and third trimester abortions, many intelligent, moderate pro-lifers would be enthusiastically supportive.

Instead, amendment supporters have asked that well-reasoned group to support a fairy tale, a fantasy – that a two-cell organism is a life.

Well-educated and street-smart people will not buy into that, no matter how much their opponents threaten their salvation.

And the legal implications are absurd. Even the majority Republican U.S. Supreme Court will pummel the constitutionality of this bill and embarrass us, costing Mississippi millions in legal fees. – The Jackson Clarion – Ledger

Imagine a law declaring that upon becoming pregnant a woman loses her right to bodily integrity, life and liberty. Such a law has been proposed here in Mississippi, a so-called “ultimate human life amendment” to the state constitution, declaring that the term ‘person’ includes every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.”

While proponents of this measure argue that their intent is to “protect women and children,” this amendment will be devastating to pregnant women and dangerous for both maternal and fetal health.

Constitutional law ensures that people – including pregnant women – have the right to make their own health-care decisions. Yet, it is clear that if fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses are treated as if they are separate legal persons, pregnant women could lose these constitutionally protected rights.

The same legal theory that Proposition 26 would make the law in Mississippi has been used across the country to justify the arrests of pregnant women, removal of their children and orders forcing them to undergo surgery they opposed. – The Hattiesburg American

What?  No dogs and cats living together?

What exactly does Amendment 26 say? breaks it down for us:

Amendment 26 – The Mississippi Personhood Amendment– is a citizens initiative to amend the Mississippi Constitution to define personhood as beginning at fertilization or “the functional equivalent thereof.” Its purpose is to protect all life, regardless of age, health, function, physical or mental dependency, or method of reproduction. The entire proposed 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.

(NOTE: Please understand that the inclusion of the word cloning in the proposed Amendment does not in any way condone cloning. There will be an entire section on the web siteposted soon explaining why this wording is necessary and answering any questions.)

We the people of Mississippi were required to collect and certify 89,285 certified signatures from registered voters (equally divided throughout the state of Mississippi). We far exceeded this requirement – collecting well over 130,000 and having over 106,000 certified.

Now, in November of 2011, we have the opportunity to vote on the question. If the majortiy of the people voting in vote YES on Amendment 26, abortion will be outlawed in our state; cloning and other forms of medical cannibalism will be effectively stopped; and a challenge will be set up to Roe v Wade.

And, for the “experts”, who have made a living off of claiming that the life growing in a woman’s womb is not a human being, this would be the beginning of the end of their lucrative careers.

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