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personhood for fertilized eggs?
Bad proposal fails in Miss.
Dear friend of ACLU,
Stand with the ACLU as we look to defeat
"personhood" amendments wherever and whenever they surface.
[On Nov. 8,], you helped win a huge victory for reproductive freedom in Mississippi. It came down to the wire, but the votes are in — and the voters have rejected Amendment 26, an outrageous effort to alter the Mississippi State Constitution
to establish legal "personhood" at the moment of fertilization.
As someone who's been on the ground here in Mississippi, I can tell you that we had our work cut out for us.
But with your support and the work of countless volunteers, we were able to beat back this egregious ballot initiative.
If it had prevailed, the measure would not only have banned abortion in Mississippi, but also put many forms of contraception off-limits. Women facing medically complex pregnancies would have been deprived of life-saving medical treatment. And women who have been raped would have been forced to carry the child of their abuser.
Unfortunately, we know this fight is not over.
"Personhood" amendments are the focal point in the 2012 strategies of anti-choice extremists. We won in Mississippi this year.
Next year, we may have to wage battles in Arkansas, Montana, Florida, Oregon, Nevada and beyond.
Our victory in Mississippi has already sent a strong message to extremists who will stop at nothing to outlaw abortion.
If we stand together, we can stop the escalating assault on reproductive rights.
I hope you'll [...] stand with us as we look to defeat personhood amendments wherever and whenever they surface. [...]
Senior Advocacy and Policy Strategist,
American Civil Liberties Union
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