If you pass MS 26, then I will never be able to visit your lovely state, because I take a low-dosage birth control pill to manage my PCOS, which is a serious disorder for which there is no other treatment. Even though I don’t take it to prevent pregnancy – my PCOS pretty well does that on its own – I guess I would not be able to fill an emergency prescription there if I lost my pills, so I dare not bring my tourist dollars to you.
If you pass MS 26, redefining life as something that can be possessed by someone who can’t breathe on their own, has no measurable brain function, and no heartbeat, then there will be an awful lot of live people in your cemeteries. I know it sounds absurd, but that’s because MS 26 is absurd. It is quite possible to write laws that distinguish between a pregnant woman electing to terminate a pregnancy and a third party trying to kill the pregnant woman and/or her baby for his/her own murderous purposes. Other states have managed this. It’s a very simple distinction: the fetus is entirely dependent on the woman’s body for its life, but not at all dependent on the third party. The relationship between fetus and woman is complex; the relationship between a third party and a woman and/or the fetus inside her is clear-cut.
If you pass MS 26, you are inviting rapists to pursue their paternal rights if they learn their victims have given birth. This means a rape victim might never be able to end her relationship with her rapist, because he would always have a legal connection to the child you forced her to bear. And even if she escapes that by having the child adopted, the child would be in grave danger if the rapist got custody of him or her. Think rapists don’t want their children? Yes, they often do, or at least they’re willing to use their paternity rights to force contact with their victim. Of course, abortion isn’t the only solution, but there is no legal solution. To fix the problem of rapists pursuing their paternal rights, you would have to pass a law which forces courts to accept every claim by an alleged rape victim and deny the named father any rights at all. That, of course, is legally absurd. If a woman needs to abort the offspring of her rapist to make certain he will stay out of her life, then she deserves that right. If you think differently, you are saying that rapists are more valuable than law-abiding women.
If you pass MS 26, you are ignoring the fact that sometimes babies kill their mothers, if you want to look at it in those terms. It’s not deliberate, of course, as babies lack the brain skills to form an evil agenda. But the fact is, giving birth sometimes kills, and medicine cannot always save the mother without aborting/killing the fetus/baby. If you pass MS 26, you’re saying that a woman’s life has no value, and a baby is always more important. After voting for this bill, please do make a point of visiting the family of a woman who died in childbirth, and tell her other children – now semi-orphaned – that their mother was unimportant and without value and they shouldn’t miss her. Because that is what your vote is saying, if you think about it.
That’s the thing, Mississippi. Don’t vote for this because it suits you emotionally. Don’t vote for this because you think abortion is wrong. Think. Prove to the world you’re not the stupid hicks you’ve been stereotyped as (and I’ve read some of your views on this, so I know you’re not). Prove that you can think critically, because this ludicrous Personhood USA group is counting on you voting with your emotions and not your brains. They are using you.