Mississippi Personhood: They’re Baaaacccckkkk!


Not content to ever take “no” for an answer, Personhood USA has announced that it is returning to Mississippi to have another go at forcing a vote on an amendment that would grant all rights of legal personhood to fertilized eggs.

Personhood Mississippi filed paperwork for another ballot initiative, and the language of it looks very familiar to those who rejected the 2011 version. Amendment 26 read: “Initiative #26 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to define the word “person” or “persons,” as those terms are used in Article III of the state constitution, to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof.”

According to Parents Against Personhood, this year’s version is just a little different. This year, it’s all about God. “The right to life begins at conception. All human beings, at every stage of development, are unique, created in God’s image and shall have equal rights as persons under the law.”

Opponents of the personhood push are frustrated that the same battle is being forced on them again. “Mississippi voters have already spoken: Health care decisions should be left to a woman, her family, her doctor, and her faith – not politicians. Mississippians expect real solutions to the real crises facing our state—not government intrusion into private medical decisions,” said Planned Parenthood Southeast Director of Public Policy Felicia Brown-Williams via statement. “Given Mississippi’s high rates of infant mortality, unintended pregnancy and teen births, it is time to focus on expanding access to affordable, quality health care.”

The earliest a new amendment would end up on the ballot is 2015, which is also the next gubernatorial race. Current Governor Phil Bryant was a chair for Personhood Mississippi’s 2011 campaign.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ella.warnock.7 Ella Warnock

    Sigh. There is no god to be an image of. That’s one of the weakest positions to take, as a growing number of people are abandoning religion. But even religious people are for choice. The bizarre dichotomy is that if you make an embryo legally “equal” to the woman carrying it, you automatically make the woman less than equal.

    • trichloki23@aol.com

      Agreed with your comments about women and the embryos carried by them, but to disregard God and/or spiritual people is to leave out a necessary part of the equation, or, more importantly and precisely, to alienate the very people whose views differ from yours that you are trying to reach. Also, get a more logically solid stance–would you retract a passionate viewpoint because someone told you the majority thought otherwise?

      • http://www.facebook.com/ella.warnock.7 Ella Warnock

        My statement simply reflects my own (dis)belief. It’s not a vilification of anyone who does believe.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1196615367 Tanya Nguyễn

        Actually, you don’t. most people, according to poll after poll, do not want god referenced in their laws. Their religion is personal. it is private. And since everyone views god (assuming they believe in it) slightly differently, catholics don’t want to be told by protestants who don’t want to be told by Jews who don’t want to be told by pagans how to view the role of government.

      • Guest

        So what are you saying? It’s ok for religious folk to alienate those who don’t agree with them but not the other way around? What makes them so dang special? The spiritual types have no business legislating their religion or morality to anyone else. In fact to do so is to violate the constitutional rights of everyone who does not agree with them. There is nothing “logically solid” about imposing superstition and unprovable mythology on everyone through legislation. Believe whatever you like at home and mind your own business in public. Why is that so hard to swallow?

  • trichloki23@aol.com

    Okay, I see they are saying that “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof,” is unique and perfect, etc…. Does this mean that cloning is okay now? Or do they take the stance of “well, it’s a bastard of our own misdeeds, so we can let it live out of pity” kind of thing?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1196615367 Tanya Nguyễn

    This is a CONSERVATIVE state, and they voted this down. Hello… THEY DO NOT WANT YOU doing this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phyllis.c.desjardins Phyllis Cuming Des Jardins

    As far as I am concerned, any discussion of personhood is not valid until the fetus can survive outside the mother on it’s own. I am far more concerned about the two 7 month fetuses that a Catholic Hospital didn’t deliver when the mother died because “they do not condone aborttion.” Seven month fetuses usually survive when born early.

    • HeilMary1

      Funny how Catholic anti-sex terrorists always get away with moving their “pro-life” goal posts whenever it suits their pocketbooks or the reputations of their esteemed philandering priests and politicians!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sharon.f.diehl Sharon Fay Diehl

    I am sooooo tired of the religious fanatics trying to turn our country into a theocracy. Personhood amendments have been pushed in my state of Colorado and voted down. Do these religious fanatics think that the majority of the populace is going to change its mind on these stupid personhood bills??? Hey, Rethugs! What about the 60-80% of fertilized eggs that are flushed from sexually active women every month during menses??? The religious nutjobs should go after “God” for aborting all those embryos that never imbed in a uterine wall–or the 50% of pregnancies that end in miscarriage, i.e., spontaneous abortion. These religious numbnuts don’t have a clue about how reproduction works–they are just on a mission to control women and their sexuality. Carl Wimmer, Rethug Utah, managed to have a law, the “miscarriage bill”, pass that makes a miscarriage a crime unless the woman can prove it occurred naturally. Terry England, Rethug Georgia, sponsored the “Women As Livestock” bill, to force a woman with a stillborn fetus to go to term with it because by dang, the cows and pigs on the farm do. At every red-state legislature, the Rethug’s primary concern is not helping America’s economy or finding jobs for its citizenry, it’s all focused on banning contraception, abortion, and taking health-care decisions, medical privacy, and basic civil rights away from WOMEN! It’s ludicrous! I used to be blase about what people believed in…they can believe in any silly thing they want to….but when “they” start passing laws that affect my civil liberties and MY OWN DAMN BODY, “they” have made a political enemy. My charity dollars go to Planned Parenthood and other organizations that fight against the Rethugs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/al.murphy.902 Eden Murphy

    “congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”….and states have no right to violate the constitution of the USA. What about that don’t these bastards understand?