It is a week until election day. I used to spend lots of summers in Mississippi. I have childhood friends that live there. Next week they will face in the voting booth an initiative that will make a fertilized embryo a human being. Thus abortion will be the equivalent of murder! Proposition 26 is a trial balloon by the radical right to destroy the rights of women and access to necessary healthcare. It criminalizes abortion even if it threatens the life of the mother. There are similar initiatives in Florida and Ohio and several other states. In fact there are petitions for the personhood initiative in all 50 states. Read more about this Colorado based group who is trying to change the laws everywhere.
This initiative and similar ones in Michigan, Florida and Ohio would also ban birth control like the pill.
The New York Times wrote about this. Click here to read more
Jewish tradition has always permitted abortion when it threatens the life of the mother. The fetus is not a human being in Jewish tradition until the greater part of its head is out of the womb. This ballot initiative is antithetical to our religious teachings.
Please make a donation to Planned Parenthood or better yet a political donation to Mississippian for Healthy Families which is the NO on 26 campaign. They could use a boost