There is Hope for Mississippi After All!

Some unexpected good news from Mississippi:

A constitutional amendment that would have defined a fertilized egg as a person failed on the ballot in Mississippi on Tuesday, dealing the so-called “personhood” movement another blow. . . The amendment trailed 59 percent to 41 percent with more than half of precincts reporting. The Associated Press has said it will fail.

If even a completely backward place like Mississippi managed to wake up to the utter ridiculousness of calling eggs people, then there is hope for humanity yet.

Fanaticism and the hatred of women are in their death throes. This is why anti-choicers are pushing this desperate, egregiously stupid, hopeless legislation. They realize that this is their very last chance to be taken seriously by the most puritanical, terrified, miserable and angry people in this country. The future generations will think this “personhood movement” was simply one big joke.

11 thoughts on “There is Hope for Mississippi After All!

  1. Thank goodness. Maybe now Missisippi can focus on issues that matter, like the fact that they have the highest rates of teen pregnancy, child poverty, and infant mortality in all the U.S. Those are kind of important to deal with, and that bill wouldn’t have made the situation much rosier.

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  2. “Fanaticism and the hatred of women are in their death throes. This is why anti-choicers are pushing this desperate, egregiously stupid, hopeless legislation. They realize that this is their very last chance to be taken seriously by the most puritanical, terrified, miserable and angry people in this country. The future generations will think this “personhood movement” was simply one big joke.”

    Where did you get this idea? Support for abortion rights has more or less stayed the same for past 36 years.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/1576/abortion.aspx

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    1. Just thought I’d note that the Gallup Poll only interviews at most two or three thousand people. There are about three hundred million in the United States. I’m not saying I agree with the paragraph you quoted–just know that there are limitations to the source you point to in your counterargument.

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      1. Yes, but a small sample can still representative of a larger group. The polls have a 4% margin of error. And they’ve done around 100 abortion polls in the past three decades. If the anti-abortion movement were in “death throes”, it would be reflected in the polls.

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    1. Speaking of Mississippi, I just found out that John Faulkner wrote a memoir about ole Wild Bill. I understand he tells lit-crits like yours truly that we’re fucked in the head for getting so excited over the rhetoric of Absalom, Absalom! and we should just read it like any other story. Screw him, I say.

      [also thank you Mississippi for coming out against weird crazy biblethumping misogynists for once]

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  3. We (Georgia) just voted to get rid of our ban on Sunday alcohol sales. 10 years ago, this was a big issue, today, it was a no-brainer in many counties. Hopefully, one day abortion will become a non-issue in the same manner, but I doubt it. I’ve got more hope that gay marriage rights will become so quicker, since nothing is “killed” when gay people get extra legal rights…

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  4. Don’t diss MS!

    It’s the Blackest state in the Union. Without Blackness you have no USA. Suck it up, whitefolks, because this is true.

    It’s blues country and it has Malaco Records.

    It is going to Occupy the LSU game and that is more than I can say for most of my fair state (LA).

    The MS chapter of the Sierra Club is most valiant.

    MS has the Natchez trace and some divine Indian mounds.

    The list goes on: beautiful hills and bluffs, islands in the Gulf, dolphins.

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