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Originally posted by [ profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
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.

Date: 2011-10-11 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't know anything other than what you've just posted about it, but I don't see how this could possibly be interpreted to outlaw birth control ( because most birth control prevents conception, and you can't be a person until you're conceived unless we're also fighting for sperm rights and egg rights), or how it can be used to criminalize miscarriages (because most miscarriages are accidental or attributable to disease, and accidents and diseases aren't crimes). It would be hard for an otherwise healthy woman to make herself have a miscarriage without doing something self-destructive, so I'm not thinking that even needs to be made illegal.

So, um, I just wanted to point out that I can't buy into that part of your argument. I'm not saying anything about the amendment itself or the protests against it.

Date: 2011-10-11 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There are several birth controls that work by preventing implantation.

Date: 2011-10-11 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That doesn't seem as reliable as preventing conception - when I was researching my options, I didn't come across many. I went with the Mirena IUD, which may also prevent implantation, but primarily prevents conception. Some birth control may be argued to be outlawed under the amendment, but I don't think that's its purpose and there are alternatives.

Date: 2011-10-11 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Almost all varieties of the pill will be outlawed by this, as they work by preventing implantation; since the amendment says you're a person when the egg is fertilized, NOT when it's implanted, they would all be outlawed.

Date: 2011-10-12 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Really? Huh. I didn't look terribly closely at hormonal birth control, because it does horrible things to my body chemistry, but I'll look into it. I think pills are a bad idea anyway - too easy to make mistakes, expensive, etc.

But as a woman's body is inherently inhospitable to sperm except during about a one-week window of the menstrual cycle, I had been pretty sure that it was more common to prevent contraception by keeping the uterus from going through the fertile phase rather than triggering miscarriage.

Date: 2011-10-12 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Regardless of what you think of the forms of birth control as far as reliability, birth control, and having options with birth control, are a huge important part of women's rights.

Date: 2011-10-12 12:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I completely get that - imagine if I'd only had access to the pill, which is really not a good fit with my chemistry. But I would hope that a side effect of this legislation would be more research into better birth control in the stop-before-it-starts category, and lead to more choices and more reliability, not less.

Date: 2011-10-12 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
shared, as well, because OH MY FREAKING GOD... WTH?!


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