Today the voters in MS will go to the polls and decide whether or not an unborn baby should be considered a person.
As one would expect abortion proponents are fighting against this. One tactic that is being used to stop people from voting for the bill is to convince them that if they pass bills such as this one, the Supreme Court will not reverse Roe vs Wade:
But some in the pro-life movement fear the opposite outcome – that Proposition 26 would be so far-reaching that it would provoke a backlash in favor of the pro-choice side, and that it would lead the high court to reaffirm Roe rather than overturn it.
This seems a little far-fetched to me.
Another excuse that is being put forth is that in the first trimester the life is just an egg that has been fertilized and nothing more. To me that is a little like saying that only what we can see with our natural eye actually exist. We know this isn’t true.
Many women who aborted their children in years past, have come to regret that decision in light of today’s technology as modern science has convinced most Americans that pre-born babies are, in fact, living beings. With knowledge comes accountability and many who once fought to keep abortion legal are now ready to reverse Roe vs Wade.
Even the argument that the life of the mother must be considered is no longer effective since we know that:
Over four hundred physicians have declared that abortion is never necessary to save a mother’s life…
The, “Oh, but what about rape and incest?” line is still effective for some. As for me, I say that whenever there is a crime, there is a victim. Why add another victim? The person who was raped has become a victim. The innocent life of the unborn should not be taken. That only creates a second victim.
There is no justification for taking the life of an innocent unborn child. That is the bottom line. There are excuses and there are reasons why a woman may want to choose to do this, but there remains no just reason. When abortion occurs a death occurs and another person is wounded. Research tells us that mothers never fully recover from abortion.
There have been continuing efforts to stop Planned Parenthood from pressuring women and to allow Mothers access to counseling and educational sessions prior to the abortion.
The personhood amendment is on one level just the latest skirmish in a wider battle over abortion rights that is increasingly taking place in the states rather than in Washington. Governors and legislatures are cutting funds for Planned Parenthood in some cases or are trying to pass laws that, for example, would require abortion providers to show women an ultrasound of the fetus or listen to a fetal heartbeat.
The ugly truth, however, is that abortion is a big and lucrative business and the “providers” will not be stopped easily.
At the end of the day, we will see what the people of Mississippi decide.
- Is Mississippi’s Personhood Amendment All That “Extreme”? Of Course Not, But… (neosecularist.com)
- Personhood and Semantics (ken_ashford.typepad.com)