More than 55 out of every 100 Mississippi voters agree: fertilized eggs are not people

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Yesterday afternoon, voters in Mississippi took to the polls to vote on Initiative 26 — aka "the Personhood amendment." The ballot measure proposed to amend the state's constitution to redefine "person" to mean "every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof." If approved, the amendment would have given fertilized eggs the same legal rights and privileges of infants and adult humans, making abortion illegal in the state of Mississippi.

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The measure has failed.

The proposal, which was rejected by more than 55 percent of Mississippi voters, was supported in large part by the Christian Action Commission — the lobbying arm of the Mississippi Baptist Convention (the state's largest Christian denomination).

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"We mourn with heaven tonight over the loss of Initiative 26, which would have provided the hope of life for thousands of God's unborn babies in Mississippi," said the commission's director, Reverand Jimmy Porter. "Instead the unborn in Mississippi will continue to be led down on a path of destruction to horrible deaths both inside their mothers and in laboratories."

According to the Boston Globe, the bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi and the General Conference of the United Methodist Church opposed the initiative.

Many opponents of the measure had expressed concern over its potential to impact the practice of in vitro fertilization; the use of contraceptive methods, including the morning-after pill and IUD's; and human embryonic stem cell research.

"We're proud that the people of Mississippi looked at the facts and made the decision that this is a dangerous and extreme government intrusion into people's lives," Stan Flint, a consultant to Mississippians for Healthy Families, told Nature news.

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Nancy Keenan, president of Naral Pro-Choice America, echoed Flint's sentiments:

The message from Mississippi is clear...An amendment that allows politicians to further interfere in our personal, private medical decisions, including a woman's right to choose safe, legal abortion, is unacceptable.

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[Via NYT + Nature + Boston Globe]
Top image by Bruce Newman/Oxford Eagle via AP

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On behalf of anyone who's unwilling to comment in this article in favor of the 45% (for whatever reason), those of you with a more liberal, pro-abortion view are way too insulting against those who don't believe what you do.

Stop insulting people's intelligence because they don't agree with your viewpoints. You want to change the world or people's minds? Stop being overbearing about your beliefs. Good luck getting anyone to listen when you present your arguments in such a vitriolic way that those on the other side have no desire to dialogue with you.

45% of Mississippians are not inherently more stupid than any other Americans just because they feel life begins at the moment of conception. They are not backwards people because they have deep feelings of protection toward an unborn baby. If you want to argue with someone because of other religious beliefs, fine. But do not act insulting towards someone because they feel they are saving a human life. It is the noblest of ideals to want to protect an innocent human life, regardless of when you feel it is "officially" a life.

I will not respond to rude, insulting, or trolling responses. I will not respond to statements that people are against abortion only because the Bible or their religious text tells them to, because you know as well as I do that in their hearts, they follow a religion that makes sense to them at a fundamental level. I'm sure there are plenty of people on these boards that were raised Christian/Pro-Life and then left the church once they became too "enlightened" by their experiences in the world. You've made your decisions, let them have theirs without your superior, sneering, holier-than-though attitude.

I just had to state my $.02 and point out that other Pro-Life people are not sub-human idiots as so many people on here seem to believe. The only time I personally feel abortion is a truly grey option is when rape or force is involved. If you are in control of your faculties and you understand the risks of what happens when a man and a woman have sex, and you don't want a baby, then either use protection or don't have sex.

Flame away!!