On Tuesday November 8, 2011 Mississippi voters will decide when in Mississippi a person becomes a person. They will vote on Initiative 26 which, if passed, would amend the state constitution to say that a person is “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof.” In an interview with Walter Hoye, the Personhoood spokesperson, confirmed that the new Personhood law would ban the birth control pill. It would also make any abortion illegal, including abortion from rape and incest.
With laws like this we are headed toward a fundamentalism similar to that of the Taliban. The more rights we take away from women to choose for their bodies, the more we are saying women can’t participate as equal members of the society and the fewer rights women have overall. To say women cannot choose for their bodies, is to say women cannot say No to rape or physical abuse. So, a woman can be raped and really doesn’t have the right to make decisions for her body, so can’t or shouldn’t say No and then when she is impregnated by the rapist, has to live with the baby who looks like him for the rest of her life and he may want to be involved in the child’s life, so then she has to have him in her life every day. Sound crazy? I worked at a Rape Crisis Center and had a case like this once. Though she did say no, he didn’t listen. The message is that women can’t make decisions for themselves, so why would we be listened to by anyone, including a rapist?
As women, we have to be able to make choices for ourselves. This law, if voted in, takes away that choice and puts women’s health at risk. Not to mention (but I will) that there are many unwanted children and people in this world. We need to begin to care for the people who are already here. What about homeless children? Or children who need families, who need to be adopted? There are many of them. When they are babies, they are wanted, but when they begin to grow, they are forgotten. What about the many adults who need people to care about them? We are not caring for the members of our society that are here, why is it so important to save the life of a “person” who isn’t even a person yet? The only reason I can think of is to keep women under control. The proponents of the bill say that the fetuses are God’s creatures in God’s image, but with this law, we’re not even talking fetuses yet . Plus, sometimes pregnancies aren’t viable.
It should come back to the question: What is best for the woman? And yet no one is asking that? No one is letting women ask and answer that for ourselves.
Grrl Code: As women, we need to be able to make decisions for our bodies. The law has no right to be on top of us.
People are not pro-abortion, they are for women being able to make decisions for themselves.
The Personhood law doesn’t respect women as people!