A Nov 8th election that may possibly be more important than Phoenix Mayor or recalling Pearce

03 Oct 2011 06:18 pm
Posted by: Donna

Not that both aren’t very important elections. But Mississippi will be voting on Measure 26 which will add the following to their state constitution:

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.

A similar type of “personhood” amendment failed miserably on the 2008 and 2010 Colorado ballots but it supposedly has a good chance of succeeding in Mississippi this year. Obviously, this is bound to be a test case for Roe v Wade but it’s actually much worse than that. Rachel Maddow gave an excellent synopsis of the situation on her show last week.

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Maddow shows a screenshot from the Personhood Mississippi website where they readily admit they intend for the amendment to ban contraception in addition to all abortions. They now deny their opposition to contraception and claim that opponents to the measure are “spreading fear, confusion, and dire ‘sky-is-falling’ warnings about this simple Amendment, and we must be ready to rebut their baseless charges and set the record straight.”

Those of us who think endowing fertilized eggs with legal human status is a stupendously dumb and evil idea, with far-reaching implications that the rabid fetus fetishists behind it have not begun to consider, need to be ready to rebut the dishonest arguments of its supporters.

1. “But if life doesn’t begin at conception, when do YOU think it begins???”

This is a pointless “how many angels dance on the head of a pin” exercise. I don’t know the answer to it and neither does anyone else. According to medical professionals, pregnancy begins post-contraception at implantation. That is when the blastocyst adheres to the wall of the uterus and begins to receive oxygen and nutrients from the mother. That is when hormonal changes in the woman’s body change such that a pregnancy test result shows up positive. But whatever. It’s not my job to engage in dumb philosophical debates about when life begins. The onus is on the person who thinks a fertilized egg is a full human being to explain why a fertilized egg should have more legal rights than a woman.

2. “Nuh uh! The Personhood Amendment doesn’t ban birth control and won’t lead to miscarriages being investigated. The people behind the amendment said so!”

First, they say so now after they scrubbed their website of their anti-contraception goals. Second, the intentions and predictions of the proponents of the Personhood Amendment are meaningless. They will not be interpreting and enforcing the law. They can claim until the cows come home that birth control will be safe and women won’t be investigated for miscarriages. Yet women are already being prosecuted for fetal deaths and abortions under so-called fetal protection and “late term” abortion laws currently in effect all over the country, including in Mississippi. Which supporters swore up and down wouldn’t be used to target women. When fertilized eggs are given legal human status there will be nothing to stop zealous authority figures from prosecuting miscarriages or outlawing birth control. There is also nothing stopping the same activists who swore up and down “we won’t go after birth control” after they scrubbed their intention to do just that off the website from doing just that once they have the law on their side.

Again, I have to remind everyone that civil dialog is impossible when one side of the debate is constitutionally (pardon the pun) incapable of the truth and acting in good faith.

And this is an election worth watching on Nov. 8.

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