Mississippi State Medical Association Condemns “Personhood” Amendment


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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marc horton
marc horton6 years ago

to mary m...i feel sorry for you,(and all of your anti-choice friends) you are all a woman-hating woman, you would rather live in your fantasy world devoid of education and love of other woman who choose their own life-paths. your arguments are so ridiculous that they give me the strength to always fight against misinformed individuals such as yourself.....

tiffany t.
tiffany t6 years ago

Pro choice, The only person I want to control is myself!

Cathy Noftz
Cathy Noftz6 years ago

~What a bunch of crap!~No one has a right to force a woman to do something against her will!~I hope the people of Missippi have alot of common sense!!~

Carla Kelly
Carla Kelly6 years ago

Isn't it illegal to conscript a person's bodily parts without their permission? I do believe that a womb is a bodily part. If they have no right to my liver, they have no rights to my womb either. They should be arrested!

April Thompson
April Thompson6 years ago


Carole L.
Carole L6 years ago

“they want to take away our guns.”, “they want to protect illegal immigrants.” Yadda, yadda, yadda.

Emanual v
“How's that for connecting the dots.”

The only dots you’ve connected come from a box of candy.

It’s all bull. I suppose you'd be happy if women attached udders to themselves and moo'd a lot.

Carole L.
Carole L6 years ago

Emanual v
“Yes, life begins at conception. Human rights do also., this is why a fetus is internally protected untill birth.”

Well there ya have it, a fetus is “protected until birth” so, by your logic, human rights end at birth… especially if you’re a woman. My question is; how are those claiming “life begins at conception” going to know when and if an egg has been fertilized? Do they plan to implant every female (from the time of their birth) on the planet with an internal uterus camera? And if a fertilized egg happens to not attach to the uterine wall the woman will be hauled off to jail for murder?

Emanual v
“People who abort are killers of the innocent and defenseless.”

In your pea brain does that include miscarriages? So who’s responsible for the premeditated murder of women who die from complications due to pregnancy? The ones who created the: life begins at conception law?
Perhaps we women need to unite and open a law suit against those promoting such laws, as ‘premeditated murderers’ of women, because that’s precisely what they are.

Emanual v
”Abortion is only a small if significant part of the UN anti life depiopulation agenda 21 which aims to exterminate 90 % of the Global population . You and I are among those useless eaters they want to cull.”

Oh pulease, the UN has become the convenient fright tool of the Reich to tell their zombie brained sheeple ghost stories;

Mary M.
Mary M6 years ago

First off, I'd like to say that it's difficult to take this article seriously when it starts off with the phrase "anti-choice." It doesn't matter where you stand on the abortion debate, show some respect for the other side by using the proper term. I don’t call people who are pro-choice “anti-life” because it's rude and achieves nothing. I am not anti-choice, I am anti- one particular choice. To quote a fellow pro-lifer, "It’s kind of like saying that I’m anti-reading because I don’t like a specific book."

That aside, people claiming the pro-life position is strictly a religious stance might find it interesting to learn that basic embryology does in fact confirm that human life begins at conception. The zygote formed from a sperm and an egg cell is an entirely new creation, complete with unique DNA. The zygote's DNA is not the same as the mother's, and therefore fully distinguishable as a separate being, effectively disproving the "my body, my choice" way of thinking.

As for the argument that "a clump of cells is not a human," science also easily disproves that. "Human" refers to the species, regardless of the stage of development. Zygote, blastocyst, embryo, fetus, infant, toddler, adolescent, adult - all have different abilities and are at different stages of development, but ALL are homo sapiens. None is "more human" than another. Once it is well-established that the unborn are just as human as we are (we are both, after all, homo sapie

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush6 years ago

Most of us female and male persons, realize that that this is a 'control' issue, of male over female pesons, having the right to make their own decisions.
What in god's name, is wrong with the women who are incapable to comprehending this obvious fact? Are they so brain-washed, that they follow whatever the male persons in their lives tell them?
Why do some women, want their signifant life choices decided by someone else, especially a male person? Do they feel that inferior?

If male persons could get pregnant, ABORTION would be a sacrament.

Winn Adams
Winn A6 years ago

Mississippi; hmmmmmmmmmm would it be legal divest the US of this state?