What's Different About Mississippi's Personhood Amendment?

“It encroaches on uncontroversial issues. The amendment’s definition of "personhood” is so all-encompassing that it politicizes birth control, miscarriages, IVF, and other medications and procedures that are, as of now, pretty unobjectionable. Some forms of birth control, like the IUD and the morning-after pill, work by preventing implantation, not fertilization, so by its own logic, the amendment would disallow them. It would open up any miscarriage to criminal investigation: Did she have too much to drink one night? Was she confiding in a friend about not wanting a child? Paradoxically, it would also limit the options of women desperate to have a child through in-vitro fertilization. The procedure involves attempting to implant at least one fertilized egg out of many, meaning the remaining embryos are frozen or discarded. Using fewer eggs would drastically reduce a woman’s chance of pregnancy.“

Come on now Mississippi. You don’t want to go down that road.
Maddow on Mississippi's Drive to Call an Embryo a Person and Its Roots in the "Conceived in Rape" Tour


The scariest thing this Halloween is Mississippi’s “personhood” amendment, which Rachel Maddow says is a “juggernaut” that will end the legality of fertility treatment, birth control, and abortion as we know it in the state.

This movement began as the kooky, frightening “ccnceived in rape” tour which was on the fringe, but Maddow notes, it quickly moved to the “center of Republican politics” in the conservative state.

“The Personhood amendment in Mississippi has gone from the wingnut/secessionist ‘thing’ to something that has a lot of conservative weight behind it,” Maddow says.

But Maddow also spends time on the “DIY” movement against this proposition which focuses on government getting in between doctors and patients. This movement, Maddow says, is getting more organized, but doesn’t have much time.


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