If you live in Mississippi, you have a choice in the upcoming governor’s race: you can vote for someone who thinks that zygotes are fully human and deserve the same rights as full-grown women, or you can vote for someone else who believes the same thing.
Both Phil Bryant, Republican, and Johnny Dupree, Democrat agree that Initiative 26, the “Personhood Amendment,” should be ratified. That means that Bryant and Dupree believe that all abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, that the morning after pill kills babies, and that intrauterine devices and some other forms of hormonal birth control shouldn’t be legal.
Republican Dupree explained his views at a Yes to 26 rally earlier this year.
They can become pregnant as often as they want to, if that’s the question. Now, if your question is do they have the right to an abortion? What we’re saying is that child has certainly his rights and her rights, too. So, if we are going to define them as a human being, certainly it is impossible for us – for me or others in this government – to deny that human being as he exists or she exists, those basic human rights. And I do not have the right as one human being to take the life of another.
When asked to explain his views, Johnny Dupree said,
The reason I have to say that is because my wife and I were pregnant when we married. We were teenagers. We married. Didn’t abort. We married. My daughter who we didn’t abort has a 4-year-old son. He is an in vitro baby. So, can you see why? Personhood … starts at fertilization. If we didn’t feel that way, we wouldn’t have had our baby. And if we felt that way, I wouldn’t have my grandbaby.
When told that the Personhood Amendment would actually affect other people’s possible future in vitro grandchildren in a pretty serious way, he said that was something they’d address down the road.
Initiative 26 will come to a vote on the general election on November 8. In the meantime, several doctors’ groups have come out in opposing the measure based on real science that counters the “beliefs” of the two candidates for governor.
Mississippi now boasts the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the United States, as well as one of the highest poverty rates. The state also suffers from a greater percentage of obese residents than any other state, is currently facing a budget crisis, and receives much more money from the federal government’s tax coffers than it pays in.
Lots more babies will definitely help all these issues.
- As Mississippi Debates Extreme ‘Personhood’ Amendment, Advocates Ask Where Are The Dems? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Johnny Dupree wins historic Miss. nomination (cbsnews.com)
- Mississippi black mayor DuPree makes history (sfgate.com)
- Mississippi’s Choice: Personhood and the Rights of Zygotes (time.com)