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'K, guys: even if you are personally opposed to abortion, I urge you to fight this.

As it says here- this would outlaw birth control and criminalize miscarriages.

It would also criminalize IVF and, bizarrely, menstruation in sexually active women - given that much of the time fertilized eggs do not implant, it would mean that a failed attempt to get pregnant would constitute manslaughter.

This is where we get to with lack of science education, folks. The fact that someone can write something like this and try to pass it without apparently having ever seen a biology class just makes me want to cry. Can we please make an amendment to the national constitution requiring politicians to pass a goddamn high-school level test on any subject they're trying to legislate about?

That would solve so many problems right there...

Sigh.

...

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.


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Sihaya has a very sick kitty, a young one, who really loves her life and her people and wants to hang on as long as possible. I know what this is like. Go to her etsy shop and buy jewelry in support of vet bills!
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[livejournal.com profile] nieceytee spent her rent money on antibiotics so as not to die of pneumonia and her landlord is threatening to evict her for it, and all the local agencies tell her she's screwed.

I trust, fellow Internet warriors, that we will make it not so.

Paypal funds are to be sent to benmillerhnd@gmail.com.
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A single mother has been screwed over by a bad ex, a bad landlord and the court system. The sum of it is that she's in need of $1200 to avoid being evicted and losing her child to the evil ex.
WOW that was fast, it looks like they made quota. I'm not going to take this down though, since it sounds like extras won't hurt.

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