Mississippi Election: Did Initiative 26 Pass? (Results Link)
Mississippi's Initiative 26: 'Personhood Amendment' Fails in Nov 8 Election
If Initiative 26 ("the personhood amendment") passes on November 8, 2011, the Mississippi state constitution will be amended to define "personhood" as beginning at fertilization.
- Initiative 26: 'Personhood Amendment' Text
- Mississippi Election Results: Polls Close at 7pm Local Time
We're having trouble finding arguments that aren't based in religion, which is somewhat problematic for a secular state; especially considering how ambiguously-worded Initiative 26 is: even many pro-lifers aren't sold.
It's also worth pointing out how relatively bad Mississippi is at dealing with the current walking, talking people who live there:
- There is only one abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi, which has the highest teen-pregnancy rate in America. What happens if a pregnant teen miscarries?
- The Mississippi infant mortality rate is 10 per 1,000 (pdf); do these cases become murder/manslaughter cases?
- Mississippi also leads the US in reliance on food stamps.
- Mississippi is also the most obese state in America.
- Mississippi is also a death-penalty state, so its view on the sanctity of life isn't quite consistent.
Abortion is legal in the US as per federal law (Roe v Wade), so Mississippi would put itself in a bit of a pickle if it tries to define the termination of a newly-formed zygote as murder or manslaughter.
Even if Initiative 26 passes, it's hard to imagine it surviving the subsequent legal challenges: it would be DOA in the US Supreme Court.
Our humble suggestion: perhaps try to solve Mississippi's actual and pressing problems.
Oh, and Democrat Johnny Dupree is facing Republican Phil Bryant for the Governor's office.