I Support Mississippi Amendment 26

I support Mississippi Amendment 26. I believe that human life begins at conception and that this life is sacred. I believe that abortion or contraceptives or any fertilization methods that intentionally destroys a living human zygote, embryo or fetus is morally wrong and should be illegal. Amendment 26 will establish the legal principle that lawmakers and courts can build upon to protect innocent human life.

I am amazed at the sheer amount of lies and misinformation about 26 that have been spread across the Internet – some intentionally and some not. The Left tends to use fear tactics and appeal to people’s emotions to promote its agenda, and in the case of 26 this has clearly been the case. A huge campaign of deceit has been waged on 26, and many people from both sides of the political spectrum have bought into it. This saddens me and makes me fearful that 26 might not pass.

While it is true that Amendment 26 does not explicitly detail all of its own ramifications (and this by design), here is what I think is safe to say:

If Amendment 26 passes…

  1. Abortion will become illegal in Mississippi.
  2. Human cloning will be banned in Mississippi.
  3. The morning after pill will be banned in Mississippi.

But what about all the other scary scenarios concocted by 26’s opposition? Will women who miscarry become criminals? Will ectopic pregnancies become criminalized? Will IVF be outlawed? What about birth-control pills? Some of these questions are valid, yet some are insanely stupid, especially the first two. The principle established by 26 only serves to define what the terms ‘person’ or ‘persons’ mean in the existing MS state code, thereby giving the same constitutional rights to the unborn as the born. To think that a woman whose baby – by no fault of her own – did not make it through the duration of the pregnancy would be prosecuted is illogical and silly. Of course, if she willingly and intentionally acts in a way to destroy the life inside of her then she would be held responsible for destroying human life, just like she would for having an abortion. The same is true with ectopic pregnancies. No woman would choose to have one of these, which is beyond her control anyway. No woman or doctor would be charged with a crime for actions that were taken to save a woman’s life in this scenario. To suggest otherwise simply makes no sense.


(Amendment 26 from a theological perspective, by Dr. Bill Ury)

And what about IVF? Well, if 26 passes it would mean that some IVF tactics would have to change. The discarding of unwanted successfully fertilized eggs for example would become banned, but then again, why shouldn’t it be? If human life begins at conception, does it matter where the conception took place (whether inside the womb or out)? The same is true with the circumstances of the conception. I know this can be a very unpopular position, but if a baby is conceived as a result of rape or incest is it still not a baby just the same? Why should the innocent pay for the crime of the guilty? I know these are very difficult situations that deal with very tough decisions, but Amendment 26 would finally provide the legal framework that would protect the voiceless innocent.

I’m sure there are other issues of this discussion that I have not addressed or exhaustively thought through. I am not a scientist or a woman, but I don’t think that precludes the possibility of me forming a sound moral position on the issue of life. And ultimately I am willing to grapple with the side-effects of 26’s passage for the sake of outlawing abortion. It is a small price to pay, I think, for ending the most barbaric, immoral practice in the history of the world in the state of Mississippi.

In my humble estimation, we’d be crazy not to vote ‘yes’ on 26.

(P.S. If you disagree with me, that’s fine. Just be respectful in stating your disagreements. I’m not trying to start a war with anyone, but this is an important issue that needs to be discussed.)

7 thoughts on “I Support Mississippi Amendment 26

  1. I am starting to hear of pro-lifers voting against Am26, so I'm trying to figure out why… I'm sad I can't vote in Mississippi. I'd love to be a part of this history. I know a lot of legislation will have to come after its (hopeful) passing, but I think that starting down this road is a good thing. Hopefully other states will follow. Thanks for your thoughts, Sean. =) -Leah

  2. I have a very strong emotional reaction to both sides. I just take issue with people saying that "no" voters are using scare tactics to gain opposition. The truth is, no one knows the ramifications of this. Not yes26, not no26, not drs, attorneys, or common people who may or may not support it. I am still confused as to how the "yes26 fact sheet" can actually be put out as facts. The specifics of the amendment have not been laid out yet. I am opposed to abortion BUT I still plan to have several more children and I just don't feel I can support something that could possibly put my life in danger. After all, I have a child that would be left without a mother if something happened to me. I will support a bill opposing abortion any day but this is not the way to go about doing it.

  3. Leah, you're welcome.

    Megan, thanks for sharing those thoughts. Please allow me to respond.

    I absolutely believe that many on the opposition are using scare tactics. I have been blown away by some of the outrageous scenarios people have come up with, almost all of which have no base whatsoever. I am not necessarily judging people's motives, per se. Some people use scare tactics for malicious reasons, others because of ignorance, others because they simply are scared, and others for whatever reason. But whenever I am faced with a scare tactic – which is ALL the time seemingly over every issue – I have to resist the temptation to react emotionally and look at the issue as objectively as possible.

    The simplicity of this amendment is its real beauty. It seeks – in itself – to accomplish one thing: Define when a person becomes a person. How does that harm women? Now the folks who are organizing the assault on this amendment want everyone to contemplate all the horrible things that will result as a consequence of its passage, but I have not yet come across a plausible situation that would warrant my opposition. I refuse to let the fear of the implausible unknown undermine my conviction in what is known: That a human being is a human being at the moment of conception. This alone is what the amendment states, all the rest will be worked out in time, hence the cruciality of staying aware of what our lawmakers are up to. Is is reasonable to assume that if 26 passes that my wife's health might be put in danger? For me, the answer is no. Is it reasonable to assume that if 26 passes that the barbaric destruction of human life will come to an end in Mississippi? Without a doubt, yes. That is enough for me.

    For the record, lest anyone think otherwise, I absolutely care about the health of women. My wife (and by extension my children) is the most important person in my life. She and I are one. I only ever want what is best for her, that is what it means to love her as my wife, but also value all life as sacred. I believe it is incorrect, however, for people to think that Amendment 26 is about making a fetus' life more valuable than a woman's. I think this is a false assumption. Amendment 26 does not seek to elevate the fetus' life above a woman's, it seeks to elevate a fetus' life to the same level as a woman's, or a man's for that matter. That is a worthy cause, one that I am willing to support.

    Megan, I completely respect your thoughts. I trust your sincerity and heart. I believe you when you say you are against abortion. But I have chosen to think of this issue in a broader, yet simpler, context. At the end of the day, despite all the accusations and what-if scenarios, do I believe that in the state of Mississippi that a person begins to be so at conception? The answer is a resounding yes.

    Your thoughts?

  4. Touche. There are definitely some ridiculous scenarios being tossed about. I actually read one that someone posted about "being pregnant, tripping over a toy, falling on your stomach, killing the baby and having to spend the rest of your life in jail". That one actually made me laugh. But, I do think there are some valid concerns that should be addressed if it passes. God is powerful enough to have his will carried out regardless of how this amendment turns out. I know I sound like I am contradicting myself, but it's truly bc I am so conflicted on where I stand with this amendment, not on the issue of abortion. And yes, I think a fetus deserves a voice!
    I enjoy reading all of the discussions people have bc they always bring up a side I haven't considered so keep your thoughts coming!

  5. I am just wondering if there is any way to approach the issue of making abortion illegal that would not bring up these questions. The ethical nature of some of the practices we accept probably should be called into question. What I can't understand is why people are worried about the ectopic pregnancy issue. It is not a goal of pro-lifers to elevate the life of a baby above the mother's life (not choice). It is not the goal of planned parenthood to endanger the mother's life I don't think. I believe the other category for those who would want to prosecute a doctor for saving the mother would be lunatic. It seems to be an irrational fear to worry about that issue. We could have these irrational fears about every amendment or law in this country. Anyone, at any time, could challenge our laws.

  6. Megan,

    Wow, that is outrageous indeed. And thank you for your open and sincere spirit. It's refreshing to have an honest discussion with someone over such a huge issue without it devolving into personal attacks and/or unnecessary defensiveness.

    One quick thought on the idea of God's power to carry out His will. While this idea does bring me loads of comfort as I survey the grand scheme of His design, the challenge for me with this sentiment always is to not let it become a crutch that I rely on in difficult times when I know in my heart of hearts that my involvement in God's plan is essential for it to be carried out. I'm not trying to launch into some sort of theological tangent here, but in my very simple view I believe two things are simultaneously true: 1. God is all-powerful, but 2. He has asked us/me to participate in the fulfillment of His plans. If I truly believe that God values ALL human life from the point of conception, I must somehow share the burden of seeing His will be done, whether by prayer or by action. In the case of this issue, it must be both.

    Thanks for letting me opine.

    Unknown,

    I agree. Thanks for chiming in.

  7. I'm 100% with you on the will of God. I said that bc I've seen SOO many people use that as the basis for their supporting this bill. I personally feel that you can use the term "God's will or power" to argue any point you feel like making, i.e, there's no need for IVF bc if it's God's will for you to have a baby, he'll give you one. That's an actual insensitive comment from someone to a girl who conceived through IVF. I don't think people should be throwing around the term simply bc it helps to bring home the point they're trying to make. Having a conversation about the will of God can open up a whole new discussion board though, so I won't expand any further on the topic. 🙂

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