23rd September 2011
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A wonderful article on Huffington Post about what’s going on here in Mississippi.
…Hemmins and the No on 26 campaign said they are frustrated with the majority of Democratic politicians in Mississippi for refusing to publicly oppose the amendment.
“There’s been a lot of ‘off the record’ sentiment, but it’s really disappointing to not see state leadership publicly talk about the shortcomings and dangers of this initiative for the women and families of Mississippi,” said Leola Reis, a spokesperson for the No on 26 campaign.
The personhood measure actually has a fair amount of support from Mississippi Democrats. Jim Hood, the Democratic Attorney General, endorsed the amendment in a statement and said he would defend it if it were challenged. A spokesperson for Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, the Democratic candidate for governor, told HuffPost that that he supports the amendment as well, despite his “concerns about some of the ramifications.”
But of all the Democrats in the State Senate, only two were willing to discuss the ballot measure at all, when called by HuffPost…
Read the full article at HuffPo’s website. Please share it widely!!
23rd September 2011
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The Jackson Free Press reports:
The campaign working in support of the Personhood Amendment has launched a fake website to attack the Political Action Committee working against the ballot measure that would redefine the word person in the state Constitution. “Yes on 26” is using the site to call out Mississippians for Healthy Families’ registered officers Nsombi Lambright of the ACLU and Kay Scott of Planned Parenthood. The site attacks the organizations for their position on abortion rights.
Read the full story on their website.
23rd September 2011
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From the Daily Mississippian:
…But on Nov. 8, birth control could become illegal in the state of Mississippi; yet another unintended consequence of Initiative 26. This so-called “Personhood Amendment” will change the legal definition of the word “person” in Article 111 of the state constitution to include “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.”
Read the full article on their site
9th May 2011
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i’m pretty speechless on this one.
…If you don’t think that’s bad enough, his ingenious plan includes giving more tax incentives to “college-educated, higher-income people to have more children.” He has already earned the ire of advocacy groups who call his plan blatantly racist, sexist, and immoral. He has argued that more white people than black people are on welfare, so race is not an issue.
20th February 2011
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this is absolutely horrifying. Ms magazine blog reports:
Birth control sabotage has been revealed to be a common form of partner abuse… The callers said their partners hid birth control pills or flushed them down the toilet. Some refused to wear condoms or poked holes in them.
11th February 2011
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great article, definitely worth reading the whole thing!!
Some 60 percent of women who receive care in a Title X family-planning health center say it’s their main source of health care — not a supplement but a lifeline. That’s because 85 percent of them live at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, and two thirds lack health insurance. What do the House Republicans have in mind for these women and families? Gail Collins distilled their attitude beautifully in a recent New York Times column: “Let Them Use Leeches.”
29th April 2010
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Reproductive justice is something we understand to include much more than access to abortion: also the full and unencumbered opportunity to raise children. Reproductive justice includes supporting lesbian couples who raise children. Reproductive justice includes rejecting health disparities for women of color, including access to care. It’s positive and proactive—young activists understand that being brown is not a crime, having a uterus is not a social issue, and love is not a sexual orientation—and we like to approach all the issues at once.
~ Erin Matson, Action VP of NOW