The vote on Mississippi Initiative 26 happens tomorrow.
I have already written about what this means for infertility patients. But I need to talk about what this means for women.
It’s not just about outlawing abortion. MS 26 outlaws women in Mississippi from making informed decisions about their own bodies and lives. There are states just waiting for MS 26 to pass to they can introduce personhood legislation of their own. Tomorrow, if MS 26 passes (and it’s likely it will), the domino falls toppling over women’s reproductive rights in this country.
This is not an exaggeration. I know it seems like it, like something straight out of The Handmaid’s Tale. But I don’t think people truly realize the implications if MS 26 passes tomorrow.
It sounds so simplistic, doesn’t it? Human life begins at fertilization? Sperm meets egg and *glitter, rainbows, puppies* a little human bean is made.
Understanding that embryos are not people is simple too:
But legislation like MS 26 isn’t simple. It dredges up complicated legal maneuvering that will make it virtually impossible for fertility clinics to continue to operate in MS. It calls into doubt women’s abilities to go about their normal bodily functions without some suspicion of, “well, did she just kill a human if her fertilized egg didn’t implant?”
I mean, based on the few sentences proposed under MS 26, if a woman goes to the ER for a spontaneous miscarriage, theoretically the attending physician should call the police. If she already had other children, social services should be called.
Because under MS 26, this woman just committed manslaughter.
Please, if you know ANYONE who lives in Mississippi, take the 10 minutes to dig up their phone number or email address and give them a quick call or shoot of a quick email. Their vote is critical tomorrow. Tell them: VOTE NO ON 26.
I’m bracing myself for the worst. You should be too. So let’s capitalize on this nervous anticipation by getting as many people as we can AWARE of the chilling implications of MS 26 if it passes.
Let’s do ALL that we can to see that it doesn’t.
It’s not about fertility rights, it’s not about women’s rights…
It’s about human rights.