URGENT: Vote NO on Mississippi Personhood Amendment
The so-called “Personhood Amendment” to the Mississippi State Constitution (Proposition 26) that is up for a vote on November 8 is yet another attempt by anti-choice activists to essentially overturn the right to choice affirmed by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade. This amendment, if passed, would amend the state constitution to define the term “person” as including “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof.” In practice, this amendment would ban virtually all abortions, including those resulting from rape or incest. It would even bar some birth control methods, including IUDs and “morning-after pills” that prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus. It would also outlaw the destruction of embryos created in laboratories, potentially impacting the process of in vitro fertilization that helps individuals with fertility issues conceive children.
While this ballot initiative is only up for a vote in Mississippi this year, there have been efforts to place similar “personhood amendments” on ballots in Florida, Colorado, Ohio, Montana, and Wisconsin.
Take action today: If you live in Mississippi, vote NO on Proposition 26 and inform your friends, family, and colleagues about this egregious ballot initiative. Send a letter to the editor of your newspaper here, and visit our reproductive rights issue page for more resources. If you live outside of Mississippi, please contact me to learn how you can get involved in your own state.
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