The results of the midterm elections may present new challenges to supporters of separation of church and state, but not all of the news is bad: Voters soundly rejected religiously-motivated attempts to severely restrict or even ban access to some forms of contraception.
The latest incarnation of a “personhood” amendment has failed in the backyard of the group that has been pushing these measures nationwide.
The amendment, which would have codified that life begins at the moment of conception and a fertilized egg has full legal rights as a person, fell almost 4,000 signatures short of making it onto the Colorado ballot this November.
On Nov. 8, Mississippi voters overwhelmingly said “no” to a constitutional amendment that would have codified that life begins at the moment of conception and a fertilized egg has full legal rights as a person. Initiative 26 failed with 55 percent of the voters against and 45 percent in favor.
On Nov. 8, Mississippi voters will attempt to answer a question that American society has wrestled with for decades: when does life begin?
If it passes, Initiative 26 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to say that life begins at the moment of conception and that a fertilized egg has full legal rights as a person. The consequences of this would be far reaching, including banning abortion in virtually all cases (including rape and incest), as well as making many forms of contraception illegal.
The theocrats who yearn to take away our freedoms and run our lives according to their strict fundamentalist dogma are nothing if not resourceful. They’re always thinking up new strategies.
Case in point is a group called Personhood USA, a new entry in the world of the Religious Right. The organization’s theory is that it can ban legal abortion by passing state constitutional amendments declaring that a fertilized egg is legally a person.