A Female Perspective on Yes on 26 in Mississippi

This week and last week the news has been flush with reporting how a proposed amendment (Yes on 26) concerning abortion in Mississippi might get passed. I never really post about politics or religion, but in this case, it has nothing to do with Democrats or Republicans but more about being a woman.

I am a woman who breathes and sleeps easier knowing that teenage girls and women of poverty are not getting back alley abortions with a wire hanger somewhere because they made a mistake. I am a woman who is thrilled that teenagers who are not taught about safe sex in schools or by their parents, have a choice not to raise babies as they are babies themselves.  Giving women of poor circumstance a choice and opportunity to break the cycle of poor judgment is what makes me proud to be an American.

The Mississippi Yes on 26 makes my body convulse because I find the stance on Yes 26 hypocritical. For the past 38 years Republicans have been fighting to overturn Roe v. Wade and yet 80% of them support the death penalty. Since when is one life worth more than another? And in instances of rape or incest the state of Mississippi and proponents of Yes on 26 expect a woman to bare a child that was conceived against her free will? What kind of country are we living in? Last I checked the United States of America is the land of freedom and opportunity. The land in which others seek to live because of those freedoms. Those freedoms extend to: how I wear my hair, allow me to wear makeup and allow me to wear dresses and express my femininity. Freedoms that other countries do not have and which women have sacrificed their lives over.

The reason Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973 is because without it, women would be getting back alley abortions and losing their lives from infection or lose their ability to procreate entirely. Also, Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court based on the Fourteenth Amendment citing due process. To be clear,the Fourteenth Amendment states in section 1:

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”

The law being proposed in Mississippi states that a human life will be defined as “from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.” From the moment of fertilization? So that means from the moment of rape or the moment of incest or the moment the condom breaks.  And how far will the interpretation of what is exactly covered under “the functional equivalent thereof”?

The state of Mississippi is not being realistic. If this law passes, what’s next? Stripping a woman of her dignity, her right to vote, her ability to think for herself. Do you think we’d be having this conversation if men bared babies? Probably not. If Mississippi and pro-lifers would just accept that fact that there are certain things that just fundamentally don’t work in this country then we could all get on with our own business and tackle some real problems.  Prohibition failed, banning tobacco failed and banning abortion will fail.

The day Roe v. Wade gets overturned by the Supreme Court will be the day that American women should think about fleeing to Canada where their lives will be valued and the United States of America will start to fall as a world leader.

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