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Defeat of Mississippi "Personhood" Major Victory for Women’s Health

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Beverly Katz (914) 467-7341


Published: 11.09.11| Updated: 11.09.11

The defeat of the so-called "personhood" amendment in Mississippi is a major victory for women's health.

Mississippi voters rejected the so-called "personhood" amendment because they understood it is government gone too far, and would have allowed government to have control over personal decisions that should be left up to a woman, her family, her doctor and her faith, including keeping a woman with a life-threatening pregnancy from getting the care she needs, and criminalizing everything from abortion to common forms of birth control such as the pill and the IUD.

Mississippians from all walks of life, medical professionals, clergy, parents, and young women and men, spoke out in opposition to the amendment.

The more voters learned about the many dangerous and extreme consequences of the initiative, the more they opposed it. Polling showed that in the final days leading up to the vote, when voters were given information about the so-called "personhood" amendment, support for it dropped below 50 percent.

In what Gallup ranks as the most conservative state in the nation, voters of all political persuasions rejected the measure.

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic congratulates the Mississippians for Healthy Families Coalition, which ran an amazing campaign to educate voters about the dangerous impact of the amendment.

Mississippi is now the second state to reject "personhood." Colorado defeated the so-called "personhood" amendment by wide margins in 2008 and 2010.

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