Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting
Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.
Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.
Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.
What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.
The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.
So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.
If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.
What to do?
- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.
- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.
- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.
- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.
In other news, I recently read through all of Berserk. I'm... sort of pondering writing an essay on it now, because wow. The treatment of women in that manga. I love the manga, and I'm not normally all that concerned with that sort of thing, but wow. Wow.
In other news, I've been sucked into J-Dramas. Also, JE fandom, though I'm trying to avoid being sucked into anyone other than Arashi for the moment. *avoids Tokio and V6 like the plague* It's really hard, though, since Okada and Nagase are all over the place! *cries* Man, it's been a while since I've really enjoyed fandom this much, though. It's just... there's so much! Years and years worth of stuff to watch, in all sorts of genres, and a whole bunch of people around to fan with. It sort of feels like when I first got into anime fandom back in highschool, though hopefully I'm a bit less fan-girlish now. Maybe. A tiiiny bit less. ^^;;
Guess I should get back to studying at some point. Though it's an English exam, so there's really not much to do. ^^
I went and got my old job at Marshall's back. Which is good, cuz Hey! Money. But bad, because Hey! Marshall's. And clothes. I mean, I like the people there, but I have no interest whatsoever in the product. *is not a shopper*
Also, the one day in the next week and a half where I have to work is Saturday the 9th, which just so happens to be the day of the one Portcon meeting I thought I was going to be able to make. >.< *sigh* Oh, well. Not much I can do about it...