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I'm all for democracy, but... (207.4) - Mark's Journal
I'm all for democracy, but... (207.4)
Not only is Mississippi voting in three weeks on a "Personhood Amendment" that would grant "personhood" status to fetuses and fertilized eggs, but it's expected to pass.

( Read more on Daily Kos... )

This isn't even just about abortion, though if it passes, it will start out by outlawing abortion. It'll also effectively give doctors a reason to think twice before taking steps to protect the life of an expecting mother, and turn miscarriages into a source of suspicion, not just grief.
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sylrayj From: sylrayj Date: October 13th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
When fertilized eggs and fetuses have all of the rights of adults, then the law suits will come. Cosmetic companies already use materials that may be harmful; how long until the possible risk to the fetus spawns legal issues? Drinking while pregnant can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome. You can bet that vaccines will be targeted again, using this particular justification. Women of childbearing age will be more firmly entrenched as second-class citizens, not even as valuable as potential fertilized eggs within. Jobs may be harder to get, just in case. Skydiving? Motorcycle riding? It won't be worth the risk, if anyone successfully sues on behalf of a possibly injured first term.
kinnerc From: kinnerc Date: October 13th, 2011 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Two things I'll say here, and I won't mince words.

1) This is what we get for allowing ourselves to go down the slippery slope of trimester abortion definitions. This is actually very, very simple: If it is born its a person and deserves and must have all the rights associated with you and me. If its not born, its an organ, and should have all the rights of a liver. Simple. Period.

2) One amendment I'd really go for - requiring a Bachelor degree to vote in this country. Yea, maybe its a bit arbitrary, and I know some people who might not have Bachelors who are smart enough to vote, but sometimes you have to sacrifice them to weed out the greater chaff. And believe me, we have a hell of a lot of chaff in this country! This little piece of legislation proves it. :-(
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