Bt Claire, Communications Intern
A constitutional amendment to re-define the definition of when life begins to the moment of fertilization was proposed in Mississippi a while back. The November 8th vote is quickly approaching as pro-choice activists try to persuade the public of the long-term, dangerous and invasive consequences of Amendment 26.
Amendment 26 states that “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.” Opponents of this amendment are very concerned about the implications this new definition will have on the legality or criminalization of birth control methods, miscarriage, bodily autonomy, in vitro fertilization and other fertility treatments, and other issues pertaining to pregnancy or potential pregnancy.
Currently, both gubernatorial candidates from both parties support the amendment.
Mississippi already has some of the strictest abortion restrictions in the country. This amendment has a real chance of passing despite its far-reaching effects on all potential pregnancies, including wanted pregnancies that may end in miscarriage and those created with IVF.
If you have any pro-choice friends or family in Mississippi, or know people who simply don’t believe in the government enforcing such a vague and potentially dangerous constitutional amendment, make sure to let them know to vote NO on Amendment 26.
If you’d like to get involved or donate money visit Mississippians for Healthy Families.
Or donate your time and money to Parents Against MS 26.