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1 wrenchwench  Wed, Oct 26, 2011 8:50:40am
Dr. Randall S. Hines , a fertility specialist in Jackson working against Proposition 26 with the group Mississippians for Healthy Families, said that the amendment reflects “biological ignorance.” Most fertilized eggs, he said, do not implant in the uterus or develop further.

I'm picturing yellow 'crime scene' tape around a used tampon.

It's not as gross as the pro-lifers graphics...

2 Simply Sarah  Wed, Oct 26, 2011 9:09:57am

*sigh*

I'm increasingly convinced things will have to get a lot worse before they get any better for women's health and reproductive rights (As well as those of anyone else with a uterus or similar equipment). Abortion, contraception, family planning, prenatal care, health screenings, help for new parents, etc. all is under what seems to be increasingly successful attack by the anti-abortion, anti-contraception, anti-women, "pro-life", "small government" political machine. And efforts to counter it seem to be falling short.

I know there's more I can do, more organizing, more writing letters, more protesting, but there's a point where I start be just be discouraged. The corrosive forces of patriarchy and extremist religion seem to just keep growing stronger on this issue in this country and I'm not sure how to stop them before they claim more major victories in their quest to put us women back in our place.

Yes, I seem to rant like this every time this subject comes up, but really, how can I not? The fact that we're even having these sorts of debates now is utterly insane and more than a little terrifying. I know I'm mostly preaching to the choir here, but sometimes I need an outlet for all this to a sympathetic audience that won't dismiss me as being paranoid (Like my mother and brother did a couple weeks ago) about where this is all headed. Ugh.

3 Bulworth  Wed, Oct 26, 2011 9:37:44am

Ah, more of that conservative "less government". //

4 dragonfire1981  Wed, Oct 26, 2011 9:44:18am

Among many people down here in MS, this amendment is a source of pride.

5 Simply Sarah  Wed, Oct 26, 2011 9:47:37am

re: #4 dragonfire1981

Among many people down here in MS, this amendment is a source of pride.

*gag*
Fucking misogynists.

6 tophergraceless  Wed, Oct 26, 2011 10:36:49am

Any idea how likely this is to pass? I know that "personhood" bills have failed in Colorado and Montana? in the past. They tend to not be popular once people find out how crazy they are. Is Mississippi crazy enough to pass it?

7 Simply Sarah  Wed, Oct 26, 2011 10:41:13am

re: #6 tophergraceless

Any idea how likely this is to pass? I know that "personhood" bills have failed in Colorado and Montana? in the past. They tend to not be popular once people find out how crazy they are. Is Mississippi crazy enough to pass it?

From the numbers I've been seeing, it's certainly seems much more likely to pass than it is to not.

8 dragonfire1981  Wed, Oct 26, 2011 11:16:50am

They are certainly going all out with the support campaign, here's the official website: [Link: yeson26.net...]

When you go there you are greeted with the words:

One simple mark on your ballot at the polls on November 8th to end abortion in Mississippi

(the bolded words are underlined on the site)

And here's one of the most popular tv spots that's been airing around here as of late:

[Link: www.youtube.com...]

9 dragonfire1981  Wed, Oct 26, 2011 11:18:49am

Oh and I should also add that Johnny Dupree, the DEMOCRATIC candidate for Governor here in MS has voiced support for 26.

10 lawhawk  Wed, Oct 26, 2011 11:24:22am

And since the Federal Supremacy clause would govern, the anti-abortion portion should be stricken down because the federal law (Roe and its progeny) supersede the state law restrictions. But that wont stop them from trying this angle to ban abortion.

As for its chances at the ballot, I haven't seen any polling on it. It did manage to have enough signatures to make the ballot.

Here's the 3 initiatives on the MS ballot.

11 Simply Sarah  Wed, Oct 26, 2011 11:31:29am

re: #10 lawhawk

And since the Federal Supremacy clause would govern, the anti-abortion portion should be stricken down because the federal law (Roe and its progeny) supersede the state law restrictions. But that wont stop them from trying this angle to ban abortion.

As for its chances at the ballot, I haven't seen any polling on it. It did manage to have enough signatures to make the ballot.

Here's the 3 initiatives on the MS ballot.

Oh, there's no question Griswold, Roe and later rulings, such as Casey, basically override just about everything the amendment states to do. The people pushing it just don't care. Or, rather, many of them are doing it specifically to challenge Roe and Griswold with the hope of getting them either overturned or weakened.

And even if the courts do toss the amendment out (Or otherwise limit it from its intended effect), it's still going to be hell on anyone capable of getting pregnant in Mississippi while it gets sorted out.


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