For weeks, anti-abortion advocates and the religious right have poured millions into a campaign to give voters the power to give personhood to a fertilized egg.
Giving personhood to a fertilized egg would, in effect, grant full legal rights to said egg. Any egg fertilization not leading to a live birth could be criminally investigated and prosecuted. This would, of course, outlaw abortion. If you dig deeper, this would have outlawed any type of barrier between fertilization of an egg and implantation into the uterus (such as any hormonal birth control); any barrier between implantation and live birth; allowed a criminal investigation of any miscarriage, health of mother or rape exemption, and more. The state would no longer allow you to take a birth control pill, utilize IVF, have an abortion, or abort an ectopic pregnancy or severly disabled fetus.
On Tuesday, the proposition failed, 58-42. That’s sixteen points. That’s huge. After all, this is abstinence only Mississippi, folks – not New York City.
If this doesn’t send a message to anti-abortion groups, I don’t know what will.
In reality, the key to defeating this bill was simple. Every woman in Mississippi just need turn to her man and say, “Sorry, darlin’, but we are just gonna have to practice that abstinence from here on out; I can’t risk another baby.”