I used to think that Ireland was the most backwards of all the developed nations. It only recently allowed birth control and certainly has issues with such common place things as divorce and homosexuality. I say used to because the United States just passed them on the slide down the hill.
This morning in the New York Times, they were discussing the Personhood Amendment that is on the November ballot in Mississippi and gaining strength in Florida and Ohio. Now you can argue that Ireland is probably more developed as a nation than Mississippi, but what really made my jaw hit the floor was this statement:
Mississippi Personhood is an initiative to define a person as a person from the time they are conceived. The initiative is a response to what some perceive as loosening abortion laws nationwide. If this constitutional amendment passes, Mississippi will have one of the strongest pro life laws in the nation.
We all understand that this is nothing less than an end run around Roe vs. Wade and yet another attack on women, but what is leaving me scratching my head is the line strongest pro life laws in the nation. Did I miss a memo? Did they manage to repeal the Second Amendment in Mississippi? Perhaps the people pushing this so-called Personhood should take a look at the number of children murdered by firearms in Mississippi than abortions conducted.
If this organization really is pro-life (and they are not, they are simply anti-abortion, which is a different mind set entirely) they they would be lobbying for stronger gun laws, rather than criminalizing a medical procedure.