Mississippi Initiative 26
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On November 8, 2011 residents of Mississippi will vote on Initiative 26, a so called “Personhood Amendment” that will change how a person is defined in the Mississippi Constitution. Since 2008, RESOLVE and its Board of Directors have stated their opposition to any attempts to pass Personhood Amendments or legislation as it undermines access to safe and reliable infertility medical treatments. RESOLVE opposes Initiative 26 and urges all Mississippi residents to VOTE NO on Initiative 26 on November 8.
Click here to read RESOLVE’s Policy Statement on Personhood legislation, which includes a full explanation of how Personhood legislation and/or Amendments will impact people with infertility.
Click here to read the Mississippi State Medical Association's statement against the Mississippi Initiative 26.
Frequently Asked Questions about Initiative 26:
1. Question: What can I do to fight Initiative 26?
Answer: If you live in MS, vote NO on November 8th and urge your friends and family to do the same. If you live in MS we need you to speak out – contact RESOLVE at email@example.com if you are willing to share your story with the media. We need the face of real people that will be impacted by this Amendment. We need accurate information conveyed to the citizens of Mississippi.
2. Question: I don’t live in MS, how can I help?
Answer: Spread the word about Initiative 26. If you have a blog, write about it; if you frequent online forums or communities, talk about it; and if you know anyone in MS, please contact them and urge them to Vote No on November 8.
3. Question: Has anything like this passed yet?
Answer: No, thankfully no Personhood bills or Amendments have passed. The only other state to have a ballot initiative is Colorado. In 2008 and 2010 the residents of Colorado had the chance to vote for or against a Constitutional Amendment on Personhood. In both instances the residents overwhelming voted No (over 70% voted No). RESOLVE was a member of a broad-based coalition in 2008 and 2010 that successfully fought the Personhood Amendment in Colorado. No states have passed Personhood legislation (bills) although a few states have narrowly defeated Personhood bills.
Blogs and Editorials:
Faith Leaders who Oppose the Initiative
- Medical Nuances Drove ‘No’ Vote in Mississippi
New York Times, November 14, 2011
- Patients Access to Care Preserved in Mississippi
RESOLVE Press Release, November 11, 2011
- Polls Now Open in Mississippi
Jour 271 Election Coverage, November 8, 2011
- The politics of "personhood" in Mississippi
CBS News, November 7, 2011
- Why Mississippi's 'Personhood' Law Could Outlaw Birth Control
Yahoo.com, November 7, 2011
- Is an embryo a 'person'? Mississippi set to decide in abortion referendum
Christian Science Monitor, November 7, 2011
- Down to the wire on Personhood Amendment
Public Policy Polling, November 7, 2011
- Mississippi attempts to define the start of personhood
LA Times, November 4, 2011
- Antiabortion movement hoping for electoral victory in Miss.
Washington Post, November 4, 2011
- Lawmaker issues warning on ‘personhood’ amendment
Washington Times, November 3, 2011
- Mississippi Personhood and Initiative 26 Symposium
Mississippi Law Journal
- Haley Barbour "concerned" about Mississippi anti-abortion amendment
CBS News, November 2, 2011
- Gov. Barbour May Vote Against Mississippi's Personhood Abortion Ban: It 'Concerns Me, I Have to Just Say It'
Think Progress, November 2, 2011
- Personhood USA spokesperson admits Mississippi amendment would affect birth control
Florida Independent, November 1, 2011
- Mississippi to Vote on 'Personhood' of Fertilized Eggs
Scientific American, November 1, 2011
- States of Play
Nature News, November 1, 2011
- Personhood: Why Beginning Life at Conception Carries Risks, Even for Anti-Abortion Activists
Huffington Post, November 1, 2011
- Mississippi’s Ambiguous ‘Personhood’ Amendment
New York Times, October 31, 2011
- Personhood deeply divisive
Clarion Ledger, October 29, 2011
- How an anti-abortion push to redefine ‘person’ could hurt women’s rights
Washington Post, October 28, 2011
- The Personhood Initiative
New York Times, October 27, 2011
- Battle over Personhood initiative: Doctors fear interference
Clarion Ledger, October 27, 2011
- Personhood Amendment debated at MC Law School
wlbt.com, October 26, 2011
- Can 17-Year-Olds Vote in Mississippi?
Slate.com, October 26, 2011
- The next front in the abortion wars: Birth control
Salon.com, October 26, 2011
- Experts differ on personhood
Clarion Ledger, October 25, 2011
- Push for ‘Personhood’ Amendment Represents New Tack in Abortion Fight
New York Times, October 25, 2011
- Will Mississippi Ban IVF?
DailyBeast.com, October 24, 2011
- Definition of a "person"
Clarion Ledger, October 15, 2011
- Mississippi to Vote on Controversial 'Personhood' Amendment
MyFOXBoston.com, October 10, 2011
- Weighing Personhood: Initiative's effects could be profound
Clarion Ledger, October 8, 2011
- Doctors Oppose Initiative 26
JacksonFreePress.com, October 7, 2011
- Fetal Personhood Bills a Bad Idea
NewsOK.com, March 5, 2011
Organizations who Oppose the Initiative:
Audio and Videos:
- Mississippi voting on 'personhood' amendment
CNN, November 8, 2011
- Mississippi to vote on definition of 'personhood'
CNN American Morning, November 8, 2011
- Mississippi amendment on 'personhood' divides Christians
CNN, November 7, 2011
- Defining 'Personhood'
Fox and Friends, November 7, 2011
- Future of Abortion at Stake in Mississippi?
Fox News, November 4, 2011
- Miss. Set To Vote On Measure Defining A Person
Morning Edition, November 2, 2011
- The New Abortion Battlefield
On Point with Tom Ashbrook, October 31, 2011
- Consequences of Granting Legal Status to a Fertilized Human Egg
The Diane Rehm Show, October 31, 2011
BBC.com, October 25, 2011
- Rachel Maddow's show about Personhood
- Mississippi Moms Explain Why They Will Vote No On State's "Egg-as-Person" Ballot Initiative