Mississippi voters did the right–and wrong–thing

The notion that zygotes are human beings was resoundingly rejected by Mississippi voters last night. And this pro-choice activist couldn’t be happier. Amendment 26 was rejected by 58 percent of voters in Mississippi, a state that’s overwhelmingly conservative.

The vote to reject the amendment is a victory for those who value a woman’s right to seek an abortion, to use birth control and to avoid unfair and unjust invasion of the government to investigate a possible miscarriage.

The measure is a victory to the pro-choice movement as they have been fighting back-door attempts to overturn bypass the rights granted to women under the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

Unfortunately, voters stuck to their conservative roots and approved a measure that would require voters to present a state-issued photo identification if they wish to vote in elections and elected Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant to succeed Gov. Haley Barbour.

Despite the two steps forward, one step back shuffle, there was a milestone made in Mississippi during the election season. The Democratic challenger, Hattiesburg, Miss. Mayor Johnny Dupree in the bid for the governorship was the state’s first black candidate to have been nominated for governor in the state since the Reconstruction era.

While the news of the voter ID law and Republican governorship victories were unsettling, but not surprising, I am glad to see the state reject anti-choice ploys and attempts to revoke a woman’s right to seek an abortion in the state of Mississippi. I’m proud to see the state reject the right-wing extremist propaganda that fertilized eggs are humans and are entitled to the same rights as the woman in which they reside. I’m relieved to see voters affirm their support and value of women–the real person in this debate–and not fall victim to the brainwashing, misinformation and emotional tactics used by anti-choice activists to push their reactionary agenda.

Mississippi’s rejection of the personhood amendment is a win for its women.