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Posted 11 November 2011 - 09:47 PM

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Voters in Mississippi have decided that a fertilised egg should not be granted the legal rights and privileges of a child or adult human. About 57% voted against Initiative 26 – a ballot to amend the state’s constitution to redefine “person” as “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof”. This amendment would have effectively criminalised abortion in Mississippi in all or most cases. Opponents of the initiative expressed concern about its implications for IVF, some forms of contraception, and for human embryonic stem-cell research.
The November 8 election is the third time a personhood amendment has gone to a vote in the US. Similar amendments were attempted in Colorado in 2008 and 2010, and they received, respectively, 27% and 29% of the vote. Although the amendment was quashed in Mississippi, its greater success than Colorado’s amendment suggests that there will be more personhood amendments on ballots in next year’s elections.

I have to admit I was very conflicted on this whole issue. I am Pro Life yet I had a hard time voting "Yes" for this amendment. Of course the rape issue played a part in my decision but I have a hard time giving the State the power over a woman's body. Having kids myself I can't imagine not giving them the chance to be born but I just can't help but feel that we are trying to give our government powers they do not need. There are a lot of sub issues to this that bother me as well. The mother having the only real say in terminating a pregnancy really bothers me as a man and as a father. It also bothers me that a Doctor takes an oath to do no harm and yet justify abortions. As I said previously this topic really fights with all the things I believe in. I can see it from both sides. I don't know the right answer but I do not feel that the government is who ultimately needs to make this decision.




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