The failure of the Mississippi personhood amendment is disappointing but not surprising—the public’s general confusion on abortion, mixed messages from MI Governor Haley Barbour, and even division within the pro-life movement about the amendment’s strategic wisdom formed a perfect storm of antipathy among moderate voters and ambivalence among pro-life ones. But despite Mississippi’s 16-point decision not to protect the unborn, the initiative was not a wasted effort. Read more The Mississippi Personhood Fight Wasn’t a Total Loss
As LifeNews.com reported earlier today, Mississippi became the second state to “reject a personhood amendment that would have put the state on record as defining human life beginning at conception.”
This legislation, known as initiative 26, or i26, has revived the decades-old debate between so-called incrementalists, or pro-lifers who favor any laws that move toward ending abortion, and those who want the whole shebang done in one fell swoop. Pro-life attorneys warned supporters of the personhood amendment that even were it to pass, it would have been challenged and probably defeated at the state court level as an unlawful attempt to modify or ban parts of the Bill of Rights.
I’ve been watching pro-abortion pundits and organizations celebrate the defeat of the Mississippi Personhood Amendment. I think we can glean from the energy they are putting into celebrating this “victory” for them today how much they have been starving for “good news” to talk about.
After all, it’s been a particularly brutal couple years for the pro-abortion side.
I like what Phil Lawler wrote about the news of Amendment 26’s defeat:
Yesterday the people of Mississippi voted not to amend their state constitution to declare that human life begins at conception. Nevertheless the scientific fact remains: Human life begins at conception.
But not this time.
FoxNews originally ran a story earlier today about the Mississippi Personhood Amendment with the headline:
“Push to Declare a Human Egg a ‘Person’ Offers New Tack on Abortion Debate”
FoxNews later changed the headline and switched “Human” for “Fertilized” in front of Egg.
Sadly, FoxNews has fallen into a trap the pro-abortion movement tries to use, claiming that pro-lifers believe a human egg is a person and that we want human eggs to receive legal protection. This is completely false, because pro-lifers actually know their biology and are proud to use science when making our case for protecting the dignity and right to life of the unborn.
I’ve written earlier about the importance of passing Mississippi Amendment 26, the “Personhood Amendment.”
You can find more info on this pro-life amendment at www.YesOn26.Net
I can’t underscore how potentially important this could be for the future of the pro-life movement and overturning pro-abortion laws (find some helpful background here by Michael New, who explains how the amendment is being misrepresented by the media).
Whatever you think about efforts to define personhood as beginning at conception in state laws, here’s the bottom line: the measure is already on the ballot due to the heroic efforts by local pro-lifers and deserves our support to help it pass by a strong margin.
CBS News has published an Associated Press report on the Mississippi Personhood ballot measure that misleads readers about the U.S. Constitution’s built-in protection of the right to life of all persons. The Mississippi Personhood Amendment, if approved by voters, would amend the State Constitution to define personhood as beginning at fertilization or “the functional equivalent thereof.”
According to the report at CBS News:
Any victory at the state level would likely be short-lived since a life-at-fertilization amendment would conflict with the U.S. Constitution.
No details are offered to support this contention other than the implication that Roe v. Wade is somehow a valid decision that is “established” law.
Leaders of the movement say their ultimate goal is to provoke a court fight to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a legal right to abortion.
Mississippi Personhood’s understanding that the amendment would set the stage for a challenge to Roe is supported not only by the text of the Constitution, but also by points made in the Roe case itself. Sarah Weddington, attorney for the pro-abortion side in the Roe case, admitted that a State can adopt a personhood measure for the specific reason of challenging the case when the Justices asked her to agree that if such a statute were adopted, the unborn child would have automatic protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.
Planned Parenthood and abortion advocates are so terrified that the amendment might be approved by a majority of Miss. citizens and therby passed into law that they’ve created an organization called “Mississippi for Healthy Families” to try to defeat the Amendment.
This fact alone is a victory for the pro-life movement: it shows that Planned Parenthood’s “brand” is so damaged and that so many people are waking up to the reality of what Planned Parenthood really does that they are now forced to create new groups under new, misleading names to push their abortion advocacy.
Planned Parenthood Washington State Chaplin Vincent Lachina proclaimed last week, “I am an ordained Southern Baptist minister” to an audience in the highly Southern Baptist populated state of Mississippi. This can be seen at the 18 second mark in the clip below:
Many people over the last few days questioned whether Vincent Lachina was actually a Southern Baptist minister based on his statements in support of abortion and work on behalf of the largest abortion chain in the U.S., Planned Parenthood. Southern Baptists generally oppose abortion and support the right-to-life of unborn children. Read more Planned Parenthood Chaplain Vincent Lachina: Not a Minister at a Southern Baptist Church