Thursday, October 27, 2011
Legal Rights for Fertilized Eggs?
How a Terrifying Law Could Lead to Jail-time for Miscarriages, Birth Control Bans, and the End of Legal Abortion
Initiative 26, which would change the definition of “person” in the
state Constitution to “include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the equivalent thereof,” is more than just an absolute ban on abortion and a barely veiled shot at Roe v. Wade — although it is both. By its own logic, the initiative would almost certainly ban common forms of birth control like the IUD and the morning-after pill, call into question the legality of the common birth-control pill, and even open the door to investigating women who have suffered miscarriages. Mississippi
Personhood amendments were once considered too radical for the mainstream pro-life movement, but in the most conservative state in the country, with an energized, church-mobilized grass roots,
could well be the first state to pass one. Initiative 26 even has the state’s top Democrats behind it. Mississippi
Read the article at ALTERNET