In Mississippi, the Personhood Amendment campaign cranks on. It seeks to change the state constitution to define personhood as beginning at the moment of fertilization. The idea comes with interesting legal questions – like, does a pregnant woman count as two people under occupancy laws?
The speaker the clip here is Dr. Freda Bush, an OB/GYN and evangelical activist. When I was growing up in Mississippi, Dr. Bush was just another doctor who might deliver a baby for someone you knew. Now she’s the one standing up and saying that the Personhood Amendment is somehow not about Roe v. Wade.
If you support women’s rights at all in Mississippi, if you support small government and personal privacy, it’s easy to feel outnumbered on this one. But the vote’s in November, just a few weeks away, and the “no” side is not giving up.