Mississippi wants to take granting legal rights to fertilized eggs back to the voters, even though the voters already resoundingly said no.
Red state, blue state — it doesn’t make a difference. The message to government is clear: keep out of our bedrooms, our doctors’ offices, and our personal lives and do your @##@$*#& job already.
Due to grassroots organizing and education, the amendment went down to decisive defeat. Politicians take heed.
Like in so many other American home-places, black and white Mississippians see things differently, and, consequently, vote differently. As Mississippians proved last night, when things get really, really bad, together, we get our act together; we overcome. Now we all need to keep working to overcome exclusionary voter ID laws.
Mississippi voters yesterday soundly defeated Initiative 26, the so-called Personhood Amendment, by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent. The vague proposition, which would have defined a fertilized egg as a person, threatened a multitude of untold consequences.
The defeat of Mississippi Initiative 26 and the gains for reproductive choice today in Mississippi–while critical–may in the long run be seen as pyrrhic victories given the ominous implications of Initiative 27, the exclusionary voter ID initiative that will disenfranchise thousands of African Americans, immigrants, married women, transgendered people, and Native Americans.
In a decisive and resounding victory in one of the most conservative states in the country, Mississippi voters defeated–by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent as of this writing–the dangerous Initiative 26, which would have defined a fertilized egg as a person with full human rights.