Ceiling Cat has blessed us! Not only has Mississipi’s “personhood” amendment been rejected by voters (you’ll recall that that measure would have defined a fertilized egg as a “person”), but voters also nixed other conservative ballot measures as well. Those include an anti-labor law in Ohio that would have weakened the right of public employees to engage in collective bargaining. And Maine approved same-day voting registration at the polls, a measure opposed by Republicans.
Further, in Arizona voters recalled (i.e., threw out of office) state senate president Russell Pearce, architect of that state’s notorious law “SB 1070,” which gave law officers the right to snoop into people’s immigration status without any provocation.
I’m happiest about the defeat of the “personhood” amendment, which could easy have spawned a bunch of copycat legislation throughout the US (several similar measures are already in the wings in other states). But if it’s defeated in conservative Missippi, there’s hope elsewhere.
And look at the sneakiness of the Catholic church:
“The message from Mississippi is clear,” Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said in a statement. “An amendment that allows politicians to further interfere in our personal, private medical decisions, including a woman’s right to choose safe, legal abortion, is unacceptable.”
The push for a personhood amendment split the country’s anti-abortion movement. Traditional leaders including the Roman Catholic bishops and National Right to Life opposed it on strategic grounds, fearing it would lead to a United States Supreme Court defeat and set back to their efforts to chip away at abortion rights.