Mississippi Personhood Amendment

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 very little no attention in the mainstream media.

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.

This is terrifying.

Maybe, we were meant for each other.

I saw Matt this weekend. Bittersweet, as usual. Why do I do this to myself? Nah, its worth every second. I only saw him half of Saturday and half of Sunday. Lots of cheap hotel sex, lmao. Sunday we had to leave the hotel at 11 so we went to this outside mall and just walked around. Delaying the inevitable, we call it. I mean, its worth the drive and short time to see him, but I hate that the time we see each other is reserved to a weekend at a hotel. The horrible thing is that I won't get to see him until September. Fucking September. I'm still in denial. I mean, I know he's leaving sometime in June and I know its going to happen, but I don't want to think about it, so my brain kind of rejects it, so its going to make it so much worse when he actually leaves.
I HATE it when people say it will get better. It doesn't. The pain and lonliness is still there. Leaving yesterday, I couldn't help but cry for ten minutes. I just can't wait until we are together all the time.

Matt keeps asking me to start planning a wedding, but I think its too soon. I don't even know when we are getting married. He wants to next year, and that would be wonderful, but I don't know if that would work. The only rule I made was that I'm not going to get married until I can be with him permantly. I don't want to get married and then it go back to the way it was, living with my parents or in a dorm.

So that leaves the problem of school. I'm kind of starting to like UAB. I have a few friends and its a nice school and I'm not totally excited about transferring again. I have no loyalties to UAB, though. I don't absolutely love it and I'm not a part of anything. So basically, I have to decide when I switch schools. That means I'm going to switch school to somewhere in North Florida. I don't even know if there are schools close enough to where Matt has to be. If there isn't, then the decision is made for me and I'm going to have to wait until I graduate. That would be the best idea, but I can't bear being away from him that long. I just don't want to do it.

I also haven't seen my therapist in about five months. Oops. I don't know why I haven't gone in so long, just haven't. I'm not sure if I even want to go back because she will be pissed. I know thats not a good reason to stop seeing her but last summer I didn't go for six months and she was really irritated and I don't want to deal with that again. I liked her, but I don't know if she actually helped.

Stress, stress, stress.


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