From the Huffington Post:
If Mississippians vote to pass an unprecedented initiative on Tuesday that would declare a fertilized egg a legal person under the state Constitution, nobody — including the authors of the initiative — knows exactly how that law would be interpreted and enforced. But legal and medical experts are concerned that the “personhood” amendment could spur a litany of expensive court battles, bogus lawsuits and moral and political conundrums beyond the scope of women’s choice.
If Proposition 26 passes, it would ban all abortion for any reason. Additionally, it would probably ban all hormonal contraception like pills, rings loops, etc. It could easily affect in vitro fertilization, as well as throw suspicion on spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) and ectopic pregnancy. Rape, incest and fetal anomaly would have no bearing on easing restrictions.
Obviously Proposition 26 would currently be unconstitutional and would end up in the court system. It is unfathomable that Mississippi would proceed with such an absurd law, yet they are out voting on it today.
The inception of Proposition 26 didn’t start in Mississippi. The idea for it was apparently conceived by a group in Colorado. Mississippi is a test run of sorts. The state was probably chosen because it ranks 49th in education and is one of, if not the poorest state in the union based on median household income. The less people understand about biology and the difference in fertilization and conception, the easier it will be to pass an amendment this absurd in 2011. Doing away with modern birth control is probably the worst way to end abortion.
Mississippi will be burning tonight if this amendment passes. What are some outcomes that could spill over nationally from this draconian initiative? Could a woman add another dependent at the moment of conception? What if she was pregnant with twins or triplets. Would the state owe her money? How does this affect citizenship? If you are conceived in Mississippi are you automatically a citizen of the United States? How about inheritance laws? The questions are endless. Personhood is mentioned thousands of times in the state constitution. Mississippi is biting off quite a bit–probably much more than it can chew.