Mississippi Voting on Life at Conception Bill

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The State of Mississippi is going to vote this week on what is being called a “Personhood Amendment.” The current bill defines life as beginning at conception and recognizes a fertilized egg as a person.

If this law passes it will make abortion, even in cases of rape and incest illegal and doctors who perform them could be arrested for murder. Under this law women who are raped or victims of incest and get pregnant as a result would be forced to continue pregnancies to term.

If that is not is not enough to make people sit up and take notice the law will also have the potential to outlaw certain forms of birth control such as oral contraceptives and the IUD because they can potentially interfere with a fertilized egg-recognized as a person bin this law-implanting in the uterine wall.

What will this do to reproductive rights? Several more states including Florida, Ohio and Montana have similar bills coming up for vote soon. Was Mississippi chosen for this debate first because of its history of being conservative with issues such as abortion. If this passes, it has the potential to set a precedent that can be used by other states. This has the potential to change the debate on reproductive rights forever. If some forms of contraception are outlawed what will stop legislatures to outlaw all of them? What will happen when the rate of unplanned pregnancies in this country goes even higher and more children are forced to be born in to poverty?

Pay attention to what happens when Mississippi votes on this issue. It could end of affecting all women.



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