Surprise! Personhood Mississippi Does Want to Ban the Pill!

It really wasn’t a doubt in most reproductive rights advocates’ minds that although the backers of Mississippi Initiative 26 claim their amendment would leave a woman’s right to prevent pregnancy intact, they really wanted to ban birth control as well.  After all, when the local sponsor has 10 kids and says God is in charge of opening and closing the womb, it’s a safe bet that he’s not a big fan of letting women and families decide for themselves when they want to become pregnant.

But to actually come out and say that Initiative 26 would ban the pill?  No one had been willing to say it on record, until now.  Speaking on NPR, Walter Hoye finally agreed that yes, IUDs, the morning after pill, and even the standard birth control pill itself will all be illegal if the amendment passes.

Hoye: Any birth control that ends the life of a human being will be impacted by this measure.

Rehm: So that would then include the IUD [intra-uterine device]. What about the birth control pill?

Hoye: If that falls into the same category, yes.

Rehm: So you’re saying that the birth control pill could be considered as taking the life of a human being?

Hoye: I’m saying that once the egg and the oocyte come together and you have that single-celled embryo, at that point you have human life, you’ve got a human being and we’re taking the life of a human being with some forms of birth control and if birth control falls into that category, yes I am.

Of course, the birth control pill, like the morning after pill, works to stop ovulation in the first place.  But enough”pro-life” pharmacists and doctors have spent so much time trying to claim that both actually prevent implantation, that in Mississippi itself, that’s been taken as scientific fact.  As Irin Carmon wrote at Salon, “One of the local doctors most closely associated with the Yes on 26 movement, Beverly McMillan, told me unequivocally that the IUD and the morning-after pill would be banned, and has written that she ‘painfully agree[s] that birth control pills do in fact cause abortions.’ Another doctor, Freda Bush, who has gone on television to claim that contraception wouldn’t be banned, wouldn’t give a straight answer about which contraceptives would be banned, claiming she wasn’t an authority. She herself already refuses to prescribe the highly effective IUD out of the fear that it would block a fertilized egg – in her mind, an ‘abortion.’”

Want to prevent pregnancy?  After November, your choices may be get a box of condoms, go celibate, or run across state lines for your prescriptions.


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William Y.
William Y6 years ago

@ Christina B. You asked, "And why, oh why are there people who support them??"

Basically you can answer it with your statement, "Once the egg and the oocyte come together." The average American is a moron when it comes to anything scientific. The Right-wingers try to show that they are educated by attempting to use scientific jargon, only to show their lack of scientific knowledge by such statements.

Christina B.
Christina B6 years ago

Who is that Hoye person and has he ever attended school???

The phrase "Once the egg and the oocyte come together" is plain IDIOTIC... because they are practically the same thing!

I've said it in another post and I'll say it again, how have things gone SO WRONG in the US when it comes to religion and basic human freedoms?? How can it be that people with no ability to think logically, no trust in (or understanding of) science or democracy get to hold positions of power in the US? And why, oh why are there people who support them??

Nancy L.
Nancy L6 years ago

Idiot - there's no oocyte with a BC pill - that prevents ovulation to begin with!!!

Anne S.
Anne S6 years ago

Has anyone ever read or viewed 'The Handmaiden's Tale' ? It was made into a film from the book. It is fiction but it depicts a time when women have no rights and there is no legal birth control. It takes place in a region of the US. Sound familiar ???
Why no birth control? Because, these people are one and the same with the economic fascists, the 1 %. They who have the money can get birth control and abortions on demand. The rest of us should be forced to bear children for the workforce(forced work) to do everything for them for little or nothing.
Look at history in this country. Go back to before World War II, no child labor laws, no workers protection, no pollution protection, no health care except for the rich and didn't the rich get very very rich then. Think about it...

Christine Stewart
Christine S6 years ago

So insane. Regular birth control pills prevent ovulation- so definitely NOT abortion. many fertilized ova never get implanted just as a course of nature- to be against IUDs is stupid too.

Ellie Damann
.6 years ago

keep abortion and birth control legal

Alicia N.
Alicia N6 years ago

petition signed! So we don't have enough with all the people that is in our planet??!!

Bette M.
Bette M6 years ago

Here is a headline about Mitt Romney's views on women & birth control:
"No Birth Control Part II – Romney Wants to Eliminate Title X".

With seven billion people on this earth what the hell is going on with
these men??????
Maybe it's time for all women to march globally against these idiotic
men who seem to think all women are baby making machines!!!!

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Chubby John Manlangit

Les Riley should be pregnant and give birth to 10 babies by himself so he would know how it feels. He is also giving false information about pregnancy.

Matilda H.
Past Member 6 years ago

And I would like to ban stupidity and imposing your own beliefs on other people, but you don't always get what you want, do you?