Mississippi, what the fuck?
??? What a shitty shitty thing - dubbing a cluster of cells with "personhood" to criminalize abortion (and by extent miscarriage). Read more:http://gabrielleabelle.livejournal.com/339685.html
That people all over the country aren't up in arms about this wacked out fringe group (Personhood USA) that wants to do away with Roe v. Wade (jesus, this war was already fought. pro-choice WON. women get to have their reproductive rights to be between them and their doctor without the gods-be-damned govn't stepping in to stop them. Get the fuck over it already).
What's next? Compulsory pregnancy for all women able to bear no matter if they want children or not? "You have the equipment you must use it"? It is a slippery slippery slope from here to there. I am a childless woman in my very late thirties (in fact I'll be leaving my thirties in a matter of weeks). That I have no children of my own is sort of a luke-warm issue to me. I was open to having kids if it happened, but it didn't happen. It likely won't happen, just because I am getting too old to bear my own. I hear no clock ticking away my fertile years - I am not desperate to have a baby to prove my femininity or whatever the hell. But if I did get pregnant in any of the years before - or any of the years after now, I would have and would still want the CHOICE to either have the child or not.
I am not saying I WOULD choose abortion. It totally would depend on the circumstances of the conception, the health of myself and the health of the baby. If, gods-forbid I miscarried a pregnancy (as so many of my friends and neighbors have done), would I be brought up on charges that maybe something I did made me lose the pregnancy?
Personhood USA doesn't come right out and say that I would in their very scary rhetoric, but with the way they throw around words, it is a very short leap to think that, yes, if the laws are enacted the way they want, I would likely be facing criminal charges if I miscarry.
When you sit back and look at their conversation points (and who else finds it incredibly distasteful they liken abortion to the civil rights struggles of African Americans and Native Americans?), they are TAKING the rights from the WOMEN who would bear the child to confer rights to the grouping of cells that would become a child IF the cells developed far enough to be carried to viability. I am so sorry, but the rights of the WOMAN are more important, in my opinion.
This gets worse the more I research...http://www.npr.org/2011/06/01/136850622/abortion-foes-push-to-redefine-personhood?device=iphone
A question is raised about ectopic pregnancy - and if Personhood USA has their way any fertilized egg would be given the full rights as a person. What does a doctor do about ectopic pregnancy? Would it be murder to abort? Would it be self-defense or defense of another? Would it be criminal to save the woman?
What about the issue of in vitro? Where "personhood" would be conferred to groupings of cells in a petri dish - remember personhood is conferred AT FERTILIZATION, not at implementation, not at the viability age of the being - at FERTILIZATION - when SPERM meets EGG. So what - we're going to get a lot more octomoms because it would be criminal not to try to birth ALL of the children conceived in fertility clinics?