October 11th, 2011

pacman inkee

Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

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i met my significant other on irc. by trolling his channels specifically, until he couldn't resist my witty ddos charm anymore and had to fall in love with me. then i got him to meet me irl on our social groups annual camping trip, where we basically immediately started dating from the first second we saw each other. from that second i knew he was someone i could love forever. about a month and a half later he moved from orange county to live with me in sf and we have never regretted a second.

i met my bff on lj!! we were in the same troll groups for forever and at some point added each other. i never read my flist tho for like 4yr so i didn't even know we lived in the same area until like 2005. then i realized we lived like 5miles apart and we basically commenced "operation hang out every day" until she moved to the horrible east bay >:( THERE I SAID IT! THE EAST BAY TOOK MY BFF AWAY o/~ (to the tune of the kkk took my baby away). now we see each other once a month if we are lucky, but really that is far more to do with mutual business than proximity.