Mississippi “Fertilized Egg As Person” Amendment Fails

The controversial ballot amendment that would have provided legal rights to fertilized eggs, effectively banning abortion, many forms of birth control and some forms of fertility treatment, has been defeated at the polls, with nearly 60 percent of voters saying no on the initiative.

This makes yet another failed attempt to add a constitutional amendment to a state constitution defining life as beginning at the moment of conception.  Similar measures have failed elsewhere, most recently in Colorado.

Although so-called “Personhood” amendments seem to make great fundraisers for anti-choice, anti-abortion groups, they seldom appeal to the general public, who find them overly restrictive in their attempts to interfere with a woman’s right not just to choose an abortion, but to choose a form of contraception, or how she would deal with a pregnancy that threatens her health.  Often, even anti-abortion groups themselves worry that the bills go too far, and would result in a Supreme Court challenge that would simply reaffirm Roe V. Wade and make outlawing abortion more difficult.

Multiple states are still attempting to put “Personhood” amendments on ballots for a vote in 2012, and Congressional leaders are also pushing federal bills that could add the same definition of “life” as beginning at the moment of conception through chambers in both the House and Senate

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Bette M.
Bette M.4 years ago

"And, interestingly, humans are the only species overpopulating and now destroying the planet. It's a sickening correlation between our murderous actions against other species while we insanely convince ourselves their lives don't count, but a mere human egg actually does."

But, if you want an abortion go right ahead I'll be the last person to stop you.....

Wherever you are there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Ttrrs are the lungs of the earth.

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Rooibos Bird
IE Ries4 years ago

William Y. - yeah, that's kind of the idea...to punish women for failing to breed.

Katherine H. - why are you complaining about "abortion" so loudly? Humans abort the foetuses of other creatures habitually, but I don't hear YOU or too many others complaining even though it's the ACTION and NOT the victim, that is in question. Other animals are brutalized, raped, and executed by humans all the time, but you are conveniently silent about THEIR murdered foetuses.

An action isn't right or wrong depending upon who the victim happens to be. The rightness or wrongness of an action is predicated upon the act itself and the consequences, and killing is killing, regardless of who does the killing, and who is killed.

After all, when the Old Testament god of Abraham gave Moses the commandments, god stated "Thou shalt not kill," but never specified any particular species (and if you have any questions about that, ask any Jewish rabbi for confirmation).

If you're going to tell humans that "abortion is wrong," than you're also going to have put your foot down against animal executions and abortions, too, because to do otherwise is overtly hypocritical and completely illogical.

And, interestingly, humans are the only species overpopulating and now destroying the planet. It's a sickening correlation between our murderous actions against other species while we insanely convince ourselves their lives don't count, but a mere human egg actually does.

William Y.
William Y.4 years ago

@ Katherine H. A foetus ids not a human, it is a potential human. What next a miscarriage is manslaughter?

Katherine Head
Katherine Head4 years ago

How is this NOT legalizing murder? Killing a human being=murder. A baby is a human being. As to the starvation; well, maybe we should all stop eating meat, so there is more room to grow plants to feed humans, not animals! Is killing babies going to solve our population problem? Or is education going to help? How about providing more food resources (as I mentioned before, about not eating meat)

"Any country that accepts abortion, is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what it wants."

"Any country that accepts abortion is the poorest of the poor"

"And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"

"The way to plan the family is natural family planning not contraception. In destroying the power of giving life, through contraception, a husband or wife is doing something to self, and so it destroys the gift of life in him or her"

"I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself."

-all Mother Teresa quotes

"By abortion the Mother does not learn to love, but kills her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibilty at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women to the same trouble. So abortion leads to more abortion."

Bette M.
Bette M.4 years ago

Katherine H.
You do realize there are seven billion humans on this planet, don't you?! More than half of them are on starvation!!!!!
The world has enough humans for the next 300 years. Where is
there enough land to feed them & enough land to bury them!!

I'd gladly stand on a street corner & pass out the PILL for every 11 to 25 year old free of charge. And, if I were rich I'd pay for all the abortion anyone truly wanted & then give them a stern lesson on sex & morality!!!!!

Teach em' young like kindergartden all the way through H.S. there's a value in keeping ones legs closed.

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.
Wherever you are there once was a forest.

William Y.
William Y.4 years ago

@ Katherine H. How is this legalizing murder?

Katherine Head
Katherine Head4 years ago

I don't see this as good news. It is legalizing murder.

Savannah Underwood
Savannah Hines5 years ago

If they're going to make bitch control illegal...are they going to make male masturbation illegal too?

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

Arlette, nobody gives up any choice once they have sex. Humans are not being disposed of
carelessly. This just doesn't happen or are you speaking from experience? Do you make poor choices or lack self control? If so tell me about your own experiences. You can't speak for other women because you don't know them and you aren't present when they have sex. You can't possibly know thousands of women's personal circumstances. Or are you Almighty,
All Knowing God?

Frances C.
Frances C.5 years ago

Yes Arlette people do have sex. Sometimes accidents happen. It is not up to you or the Government to decide the abortion decision by a woman. No one should bring a child into the world that is not wanted. Go out and help the hundreds of thousands of abused and neglected children born to women who should never have had a child.

You are kind enough to allow for rape...how about forced sex by the husband...incest, a young stupid or ignorant girl, a mother with too many kids already...a crack mother...a drunk...a sick woman..a mentally unstable woman? My opinion for the safety and welfare of children, the mother should want the child and have love in her heart.

Adoption is not always possible and many times doesn't work. Before bringing up adoption, go out and choose a child waiting for parents in institutions.