Mississippi Women and Families Are the Real Winners - Initiative 26 Fails

MS Women and Families Will Wake Knowing That Their Health Care Is Safe


Leola Reis
VP, Marketing & Communications

Felicia Brown-Williams
Regional Director of Public Policy

Published: 11.09.11| Updated: 11.09.11

JACKSON, MS – After a close election, Initiative 26 – which posed a significant threat to women’s health – failed.

“We are happy and relieved that Mississippi women will continue to have access to birth control, IVF and legal abortion. Mississippians’ rejection of this initiative verifies for us that when voters heard about the dangers it posed for Mississippians, they opposed it,” said Planned Parenthood Southeast CEO Kay Scott.

Initiative 26 threatened women’s health and was simply government going too far. If passed, it could have banned common forms of birth control and in-vitro fertilization, forced a victim of rape or incest to continue a resulting pregnancy, and refused life-saving care to women with high-risk pregnancies. That’s why Mississippi’s major medical organizations did not support Initiative 26.

The campaign’s success is the result of the hard work of doctors, nurses, parents, ministers, rabbis and thousands of volunteers throughout Mississippi that make up Mississippians for Healthy Families.


Planned Parenthood is a valued community partner in the Greater Hattiesburg area and is a trusted provider of high-quality, affordable health care. PPSE is committed to helping make health care services available to those in need in communities across Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

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