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On November 8th, the voters of Mississippi will be considering a “Personhood Amendment” (Amendment #26) which would give a fertilized egg more rights than a live born woman, and would outlaw abortion and birth control.  The threatening part about this amendment (and others like it proposed in all the other States) is that it could be a vehicle to be used in the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and thus make abortion and birth control illegal throughout the country.  This High Tech Uterine Occupation should scare every progressive and every woman.  But, the Democratic Party is not working to organize against this dangerous amendment.  The word hasn’t gotten out about how to help fight this.

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Eggs Are NOT People. More insanity below the orange squiggly thing.

Shawn Russell had a DK Diary last week about this that got very little attention at the time:
Mississippi Wants to Ban Abortion Even in the Case of Rape and Incest

But, time is running out to fight this, and I’m confident The Great Orange can help reverse the cone of silence around Amendment 26.

Mississippi has an unemployment rate of 10.3% (9th worse in the nation), consistently ranks in the lowest in education, 17.6% of Mississippians have no health insurance, and 21.8% of its citizens live below the poverty level.  Yet, these yahoos think it’s important to focus on further degrading women by making it impossible to get an abortion instead of taking real action to improve the living conditions in their state.  This is also the state that has the strictest abortion TRAP laws of any state.  And, this is the state that has only one remaining abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

The text of Amendment 26, The Personhood Amendment,  is as follows:

“Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Mississippi: SECTION 1. Article III of the constitution of the state of Mississippi is hereby amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION TO READ: Section 33. Person defined. As used in this Article III of the state constitution, “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.” This initiative shall not require any additional revenue for implementation.”

This proposed Amendment 26 - The Mississippi Personhood Amendment - will be up for  vote on November 8th.  If this passes, AND IT IS EXPECTED TO PASS, it will be a disaster for women in Mississippi.

In the years ahead, the disaster will spread across the country.  Here’s why: The idea of “personhood” sounds so warm and fuzzy and even reasonable, it’s hard for most people to believe that there might be something nefarious to this campaign. One doesn’t have to do much digging to see that this is an all-out assault on abortion rights.  As Personhood USA says loudly and proudly on their website: “personhood is the key to defeating Roe v. Wade.”  On the first page of their website, they brag that they have “personhood petitions now active in all 50 states.”

This week, the clinic put up a website

Wake Up Mississippi!

and sent out the following plea for support:

Dear Friends,

This is an URGENT MESSAGE FROM MISSISSIPPI!!!!     I am writing to you from the true FRONTLINES of the ABORTION BATTLE!!!  Jackson Women’s Health Organization is the last and only refuge for Mississippi Women seeking abortion.  After the tragic loss of Susan Hill, we scrambled to ensure that the work of this facility did not lapse.  I want to thank you for all your support over the last several years in protecting Jackson Women’s Health Organization.  Mississippi Legislators and anti choice zealots continue every year with their assaults on reproductive healthcare making MS abortion laws the most restrictive in the land.  AND…We are still standing STRONG!  However, on November 8th, the MS ballot will include the Personhood Amendment which will end abortion in MS and will more than likely take Roe-v-Wade to the Supreme Court.  WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN!  And neither can you…

The extremist group – Personhood USA - openly states on their website that “personhood” is the key to overturning Roe V. Wade.  On the front page of their website they brag that they have petitions for similar amendments in ALL 50 STATES!

MS Amendment #26 actually states that a zygote is a person even before it attaches to the uterus!  If passed, Personhood Amendment #26 will not only ban abortion BUT ALSO ban most (if not all) forms of birth control, end in-vitro fertilization, and make stem cell research illegal.  In addition, women who miscarry will be subject to criminal investigation!  THIS MEASURE GOES TOO FAR AND IS A THREAT TO – NOT ONLY WOMEN IN MISSISSIPPI – BUT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY!

If you are thinking to yourself that this amendment is too radical to pass, think again.  The original petition to place this on the ballot had 30,000 MORE SIGNATURES than necessary.  The Democratic candidate for Governor openly supports this amendment as does the current Attorney General, ALSO A DEMOCRAT! 

Jackson Women’s Health Organization is working with grassroots women and men throughout the state to defeat this measure.  Although Planned Parenthood offers some family planning services in Mississippi, they do not offer abortion services and therefore do not endure the harassment our doctors, staff, and patients deal with daily. 
We are the only ones left in the fight and on the ground! 

We are creating home-made signs and leaflets to distribute everywhere/ anywhere we go.  Mississippi Pro-Choice Activists are popping up in towns across the state and asking for resources to spread the word on this dangerous Amendment.  We have never seen anything like it before!  We need your help!  We must expand our outreach immediately to radio, billboards, and TV.  Please send a donation to support this “on the ground” movement to protect the rights of Mississippi Women.  We must thwart this MIS-INFORMATION campaign that Personhood USA is spreading and educate our voters about the dangers of Amendment #26! 

We ask you to put your money where the real battle is being fought…not in a corporate board room, but in the halls of the clinics and the houses of the organizers who are volunteering their time and efforts.  We don’t have time for polling or committee or subcommittee meetings with less than a month left before the vote.  http://www.WakeUpMississippi.org/ is already on the ground running.  We don’t have the luxury of a built in donor list and the name recognition of the abortion corporations.  PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD.  Please put your money where it will do the most good: on the front lines in Mississippi. 

Please support this organic movement and show that America cares about Mississippi Women and their Families!  Your response is required immediately! 

Sincerely,

Diane Derzis
Owner and Reproductive Freedom Fighter
Jackson Women’s Health Organization
Jackson, MS

PS  Please send whatever you can NOW to stop Amendment #26 in Mississippi!  Use this link to our organization for Paypal payments:
http://www.WakeUpMississippi.org/

Or mail checks to:
WakeUpMississippi.org
2903 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216

Thus, this initiative is the first step in a plan by Personhood USA to overturn Roe V Wade and end all abortion in this country.  The impact goes further than shutting down clinics. This amendment could literally imprison women in addition to imprisoning women in their own bodies.

READ THE REST.

2 years ago on October 11th, 2011 | J | 66 notes
elliewindred:

badp:

scubah:

if-god-had-a-tumblr:

catholiclifeguard:

Part of the Mother’s Body?
The slogan, “My Body, My Choice,” betrays a tragic misunderstanding of what is taking place inside the womb.   At no point in pregnancy is the developing embryo or fetus simply a part of the mother’s body.
There are a number of clear biological facts, and all sorts of legal precedents, that easily refute the claim that the embryo or fetus is simply part of the mother’s body. 
1)  An individual’s body parts all share the same genetic code.  If the unborn child were actually a part of the mother’s body, the unborn’s cells would have the same genetic code as the cells of the mother.  This is not the case.   Every cell of the unborn’s body is genetically distinct from every cell in the mother’s body. 
2)  In many cases, the blood type of the unborn child is different than the blood type of the mother.   Since one body cannot function with two different blood types, this is clearly not the mother’s blood. 
3)  In half of all pregnancies, the unborn child is a male, meaning that even the sex of the child is different from the mother. 
4)  As Randy Alcorn states in his book Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments, “A Chinese zygote implanted in a Swedish woman will always be Chinese, not Swedish, because his identity is based on his genetic code, not on that of the body in which he resides.” 
5)  It is possible for a fetus to die while the mother lives, and it is possible for the mother to die while the fetus lives. This could not be true if the mother and child were simply one person. 
6) When the embryo implants in the lining of the uterus, it emits chemical substances which weaken the woman’s immune system within the uterus so that this tiny “foreign” body is not rejected by the woman’s body.  Were this tiny embryo simply “part of the woman’s body” there would be no need to locally disable the woman’s immunities. 
7)  It is illegal to execute a pregnant woman on death row because the fetus living inside her is a distinct human being who cannot be executed for the crimes of the mother (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Article 6.5). 
8)  When Scott Peterson killed his pregnant wife, Laci, he was convicted on two counts of murder. 
9)  Sir Albert Lilley (the “Father of Fetology”) made this observation in a 1970 speech entitled “The Termination of Pregnancy or the Extermination of the Fetus?” 

Physiologically, we must accept that the conceptus is, in a very large measure, in charge of the pregnancy…. Biologically, at no stage can we subscribe to the view that the fetus is a mere appendage of the mother…. It is the embryo who stops his mother’s periods and makes her womb habitable by developing a placenta and a protective capsule of fluid for himself. He regulates his own amniotic fluid volume and although women speak of their waters breaking or their membranes rupturing, these structures belong to the fetus.  And finally, it is the fetus, not the mother, who decides when labor should be initiated. 

To put it simply, women don’t have four arms and four legs when they’re pregnant.   Those extra appendages belong to the tiny human being(s) living inside of them.   At no point in pregnancy is the developing embryo or fetus simply a part of the mother’s body. 

http://www.abort73.com/abortion/mothers_body/

Amen.


Wow. Awesome.


I wont refute that the fetus is separate to the mother - however this does not necessarily suggest personhood of the fetus (and the rights that come with it) should be considered before or very near to birth. I’m sure you will argue against that, which is ok, because this really isn’t my point. My point is that to say that a woman has no right to make a decision about what happens to HER own body is wrong. This isn’t about definitions of a person, the potential for or sanctity of life, punishment for sin, or the will of God - it is about control over a grown human being’s right to autonomy, and no’one should ever be forced by another person to risk their life and health to create OR abort a child.

Woman, I freaking LOVE YOU.

elliewindred:

badp:

scubah:

if-god-had-a-tumblr:

catholiclifeguard:

Part of the Mother’s Body?

The slogan, “My Body, My Choice,” betrays a tragic misunderstanding of what is taking place inside the womb.   At no point in pregnancy is the developing embryo or fetus simply a part of the mother’s body.

There are a number of clear biological facts, and all sorts of legal precedents, that easily refute the claim that the embryo or fetus is simply part of the mother’s body.

1)  An individual’s body parts all share the same genetic code.  If the unborn child were actually a part of the mother’s body, the unborn’s cells would have the same genetic code as the cells of the mother.  This is not the case.   Every cell of the unborn’s body is genetically distinct from every cell in the mother’s body.

2)  In many cases, the blood type of the unborn child is different than the blood type of the mother.   Since one body cannot function with two different blood types, this is clearly not the mother’s blood.

3)  In half of all pregnancies, the unborn child is a male, meaning that even the sex of the child is different from the mother.

4)  As Randy Alcorn states in his book Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments, “A Chinese zygote implanted in a Swedish woman will always be Chinese, not Swedish, because his identity is based on his genetic code, not on that of the body in which he resides.”

5)  It is possible for a fetus to die while the mother lives, and it is possible for the mother to die while the fetus lives. This could not be true if the mother and child were simply one person.

6) When the embryo implants in the lining of the uterus, it emits chemical substances which weaken the woman’s immune system within the uterus so that this tiny “foreign” body is not rejected by the woman’s body.  Were this tiny embryo simply “part of the woman’s body” there would be no need to locally disable the woman’s immunities.

7)  It is illegal to execute a pregnant woman on death row because the fetus living inside her is a distinct human being who cannot be executed for the crimes of the mother (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Article 6.5).

8)  When Scott Peterson killed his pregnant wife, Laci, he was convicted on two counts of murder.

9)  Sir Albert Lilley (the “Father of Fetology”) made this observation in a 1970 speech entitled “The Termination of Pregnancy or the Extermination of the Fetus?”

Physiologically, we must accept that the conceptus is, in a very large measure, in charge of the pregnancy…. Biologically, at no stage can we subscribe to the view that the fetus is a mere appendage of the mother…. It is the embryo who stops his mother’s periods and makes her womb habitable by developing a placenta and a protective capsule of fluid for himself. He regulates his own amniotic fluid volume and although women speak of their waters breaking or their membranes rupturing, these structures belong to the fetus.  And finally, it is the fetus, not the mother, who decides when labor should be initiated.

To put it simply, women don’t have four arms and four legs when they’re pregnant.   Those extra appendages belong to the tiny human being(s) living inside of them.   At no point in pregnancy is the developing embryo or fetus simply a part of the mother’s body.


http://www.abort73.com/abortion/mothers_body/

Amen.

Wow. Awesome.

just sayin.

I wont refute that the fetus is separate to the mother - however this does not necessarily suggest personhood of the fetus (and the rights that come with it) should be considered before or very near to birth. I’m sure you will argue against that, which is ok, because this really isn’t my point. My point is that to say that a woman has no right to make a decision about what happens to HER own body is wrong. This isn’t about definitions of a person, the potential for or sanctity of life, punishment for sin, or the will of God - it is about control over a grown human being’s right to autonomy, and no’one should ever be forced by another person to risk their life and health to create OR abort a child.

Woman, I freaking LOVE YOU.

2 years ago on October 10th, 2011 | J | 771 notes

healthyemma:

10. Laws against abortion do not stop abortion; they simply make it less safe. The number of women who get abortions does not change when it goes from being legal to illegal, or vice versa. The only thing that changes is more women die. Every year, 78,000 women die from unsafe abortions.

9….

I love this.  I can’t stand pro-lifers. 

3 years ago on October 3rd, 2011 | J | 150 notes
zemmiphobia:

subcultural—girl:

unknowablewoman:

subcultural—girl:

I stand by this.
Pro-choice at its core means to support a person’s right to choose. That choice could be having an abortion, not having an abortion (I am against forced abortion, forced pregnancy, forced sterilization, etc.), having children, going on birth control or not, and so forth.
Being pro-choice does not mean wanting to abort every single fetus.

Eh. I understand the sentiment, but I’m pro-abortion just as much as I’m pro-appendectomy.
The only reason the pro-choice movement has had to shy away from calling themselves pro-abortion is because anti-choicers simply can’t understand logic. They think we all want to force people to have abortions if they don’t want them. Personally, I’m sick of feeling like I have to make the pro-abortion message more palatable just to satisfy people who won’t do their own homework.
So, no. I’m pro-abortion and proud. Abortions are wonderful things when people want them. I think it’s pretty fucking awesome that you can decide not to be pregnant if you don’t want to be.

Never thought about it that way
huh
well that does make sense.

I agree with all of the above. I love finding people with these opinions.

zemmiphobia:

subcultural—girl:

unknowablewoman:

subcultural—girl:

I stand by this.

Pro-choice at its core means to support a person’s right to choose. That choice could be having an abortion, not having an abortion (I am against forced abortion, forced pregnancy, forced sterilization, etc.), having children, going on birth control or not, and so forth.

Being pro-choice does not mean wanting to abort every single fetus.

Eh. I understand the sentiment, but I’m pro-abortion just as much as I’m pro-appendectomy.

The only reason the pro-choice movement has had to shy away from calling themselves pro-abortion is because anti-choicers simply can’t understand logic. They think we all want to force people to have abortions if they don’t want them. Personally, I’m sick of feeling like I have to make the pro-abortion message more palatable just to satisfy people who won’t do their own homework.

So, no. I’m pro-abortion and proud. Abortions are wonderful things when people want them. I think it’s pretty fucking awesome that you can decide not to be pregnant if you don’t want to be.

Never thought about it that way

huh

well that does make sense.

I agree with all of the above. I love finding people with these opinions.

3 years ago on September 24th, 2011 | J | 56 notes

What I am vexed with is the idea that, by having an abortion, a woman is somehow being unfemale and, indeed, unmortherly. That the absolute essence of womanhood and maternity is to sustain life, at all costs, whatever the situation.

My belief in the ultimate sociological, emotional and practical necessity for abortion became even stronger after I had my two children. It is only after you have had a nine-month pregnancy, laboured to get the child out, fed it, cared for it, sat with it till 3am, risen with it at 6am, swooned with love for it and been reduced to furious tears by it that you really understand just how important it is for a child to be wanted. How motherhood is a game you must enter with as much energy, willingness and happiness as possible.

And the most important thing of all, of course, is to be wanted, desired and cared for by a reasonably sane, stable mother. I can honestly say that my abortion was one of the least difficult decisions of my life. I’m not being flippant when I say it took me longer to decide what worktops to have in the kitchen than whether I was prepared to spend the rest of my life being responsible for a further human being, because I knew that to do it again - to commit my life to another person - might very possibly stretch my abilities, and conception of who I am, and who I want to be, and what I want and need to do - to breaking point. The idea that I might not - in an earlier era, or a different country - have a choice in the matter, seems both emotionally and physically barbaric.

- How To Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran (via tallpawl)
3 years ago on September 20th, 2011 | J | 2,219 notes

My take on abortion.

brittanibotulism:

abaldwin360:

The only person who has any say as to what goes on with their body is the person with something growing inside them.

End of story.

I love this maaaaan.

3 years ago on September 20th, 2011 | J | 138 notes
When some of these cardinals and bishops have experienced their first pregnancies and their first labor pains and raised a couple of children on minimum wage, then I’ll be glad to hear what they have to say about abortion.
- George Carlin (via depressingfacts)
3 years ago on September 14th, 2011 | J | 946 notes
pogonabarbata:

I’m pro choice. Pro choice doesn’t mean I want to force every unplanned pregnancy to be aborted or that I disagree when I woman keeps a baby who was the product of rape, incest, underage sex, etc. It means I respect a woman’s choice to have an abortion if she so wishes. And personally, I believe that if you disagree with that, then you should because you disagree, not because you were told to.

pogonabarbata:

I’m pro choice. Pro choice doesn’t mean I want to force every unplanned pregnancy to be aborted or that I disagree when I woman keeps a baby who was the product of rape, incest, underage sex, etc. It means I respect a woman’s choice to have an abortion if she so wishes. And personally, I believe that if you disagree with that, then you should because you disagree, not because you were told to.

3 years ago on September 11th, 2011 | J | 11 notes
thesreyninspace:

Sertain people Should underStand thiS Sort of thing. AlSo they Should practiSe what they preach.

BAD BAD BAD! *kick*

thesreyninspace:

Sertain people Should underStand thiS Sort of thing. AlSo they Should practiSe what they preach.

BAD BAD BAD! *kick*

3 years ago on August 10th, 2011 | J | 16 notes