Mississippi may ban abortion in cases of rape or incest

Tim Murphy writing in Mother Jones:

The most controversial item on the Mississippi ballot this fall is not a politician but rather an idea. In November, Mississippians will vote on an amendment to change the meaning of the word “person” in the state constitution. Under the new language, human life would begin not at birth but at the moment of fertilization. If the amendment passes, it will outlaw abortion in the state entirely, even in cases of rape or incest. It might even leave some forms of contraception, and procedures such as in vitro fertilization, on life support.

Note that this is “fertilization” — union of egg and sperm — not implantation in the uterine wall. The latter is, as I understand it, the line the medical profession uses to mark the beginning of a pregnancy. So if this passes, it would appear that a woman could be subject to murder charges for using an IUD or taking a “Plan B” (morning after) contraceptive.

Former GOP aspirant to the Presidency, Mike Huckabee, is all for it, campaigning aggressively for people to “give early and often” to promote the change.

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About Guy N. Texas

Guy N. Texas is the pen name of a lawyer living in Dallas, who is now a liberal. He was once conservative, but this word has so morphed in meaning that he can no longer call himself that in good conscience. Guy has no political aspirations. He speaks only for himself.
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