The anti-choice advocates in Mississippi have made their state the next battle ground for the “personhood” fight — a belief that it should be enshrined in the constitution that life begins at the moment of conception and that a fertilized egg, even before implanting, should have the same full rights as a born, living human being.
Amendment 26, as it will be called on the ballot, would serve the purpose of outlawing all abortions in the state, as well as form a legal path to challenge Roe V. Wade, two end goals of the anti-choice movement. But in the process it could also outlaw stem cell research, many forms of birth control, infertility treatments and even put the lives of pregnant women in jeopardy. With an all out ban on abortion except in cases a woman’s life being in danger, women suffering from ectopic pregnancies would likely have to wait for an actual tubal rupture rather than be prescribed a drug that could end her pregnancy before her life and future fertility is at risk.
It’s these invasions into the medical field that has doctors coming out against the amendment, not because of political reasons, but because of the way they could be forced out of performing their jobs properly.
The Mississippi State Medical Association released the following condemnation of Amendment 26, stating:
Our concern is how this amendment will affect the common practice of obstetrics and gynecology. We fear that it will place in jeopardy a physician who tries to save a mother’s life by performing procedures and employing techniques physicians have used for years. The common procedures we use now could be interpreted as murder or wrongful death if Proposal 26 passes. This justifiably will limit the physician’s options and deter use of common lifesaving procedures. It is for this reason only, the MSMA Board of Trustees cannot support Proposal 26.
Legislators should not make medical decisions. Voters should not make medical decisions. Medical decisions should be between a doctor and a patient only and anything else is a violation of the standard ethics of health care.
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