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The College Students who Helped Defeat "Personhood"

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Last week, Mississippi voters decisively rejected Initiative 26, the extreme "personhood" measure. Initiative 26 would have banned abortion care without exception, and could also have outlawed in vitro fertilization and most types of birth control.

This victory in one of the most conservative states in the Union would not have happened without the hard work of a broad coalition of faith leaders, reproductive-justice and pro-choice allies, and other Mississippi-based groups.

It also would not have happened without the dedication and effort of students at Mississippi's historically black colleges and universities.

Ms. magazine reports on how these students mobilized their friends and neighbors to defeat Initiative 26:

Students at Tougaloo held forums and a rally against 26; student organizers at Jackson State handed out flyers, educated their peers and mobilized at the "Hot Spot" for a Rock the Vote rally; Alcorn students proudly displayed "Vote NO on 26″ signs on the windshields of their cars. It was inspiring to see both women and men energized and participating in grassroots organizing on their campuses around what is not only a state issue, but also a national issue concerning reproductive rights.

Kudos to Mississippi students for standing up for women's freedom and privacy!

While we celebrate the victory in Mississippi, we must remember that much remains to be done. The people behind the "personhood" measure aren't giving up: they're pushing similar measures in at least six more states in 2012!

And, as Loretta Ross, national coordinator of SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, reminds us, last Tuesday's vote was not a total win for the women of Mississippi:

At the same time, Mississippi voters approved Initiative 27, a Voter ID exclusion initiative requiring government-issued identification in order to vote, a direct threat to the Voting Rights Act. Even on November 7, some black voters were questioned about their ID and their right to vote.

We'll continue to work with our allies in the reproductive-justice community to ensure that all women have the right to choose--and the right to protect that right to choose at the ballot box.

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Victory in Mississippi: What Are the Next Steps?

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Yesterday, Mississippi voters decisively rejected Initiative 26, the extreme "personhood" measure.

Initiative 26 would have banned abortion care without exception: even in cases of rape or incest, and even when a woman's life or health is in danger.

It could also have outlawed in vitro fertilization and most types of birth control. 

Hats off to the coalition of faith leaders, reproductive-justice and pro-choice allies, and other Mississippi-based groups that, in the face of a tough environment, successfully convinced their neighbors to reject this dangerous and far-reaching measure.

The New York Times' reports on Initiative 26 included this quote from Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Here's her complete statement:

We salute the voters in Mississippi who stood up for the fundamental American values of freedom and privacy. We especially applaud those women and men who volunteered in their communities to tell their neighbors about Initiative 26's intrusion into the private medical decisions of women in Mississippi.   

The message from Mississippi is clear: An amendment that allows politicians to further interfere in our personal, private medical decisions, including a woman's right to choose safe, legal abortion, is unacceptable. We will build on the momentum in Mississippi to fight similar attacks on choice that will be on state ballots in 2012.

Indeed, our work is only beginning.

The anti-choice groups behind Initiative 26 are pushing similar ballot measures for 2012 in California, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, Montana, and Nevada.

In 2012, Montana voters will also face a parental-involvement measure that jeopardizes the health and safety of young women who, for fear of violence or in cases of incest, cannot turn to their parents.

In California, anti-choice forces are collecting signatures for ballot measures that also would impose a dangerous parental-involvement mandate and mandatory 48-hour delay on young women who seek abortion care.

And in Massachusetts, anti-choice groups are pushing for a voter referendum that would ban insurance coverage of abortion care.

It's all part of the War on Women you might not have heard of yet.

Our nation's pro-choice majority will respond in these states with the same force and determination that we brought in Mississippi.

In the run-up to the Mississippi vote, NARAL Pro-Choice America mobilized its 1,000 member activists in the state.

Over three nights, NARAL Pro-Choice America, along with our coalition partners, contacted more than 3,000 voters in the Magnolia State.

We ran Google ads educating voters that were seen nearly 7,000 times by people in Mississippi .

We also launched a nationwide public-education campaign through our 500,000-strong email list, and, thanks to donations of our generous supporters, helped Mississippians for Healthy Families run targeted ad buys. And nearly 1,000 of our Facebook fans proudly stood by the women of Mississippi by sharing our image macro.

Together, we started a conversation around our shared values and our belief that a woman and her doctor--not politicians--should make personal, private medical decisions. This conversation led to the defeat of a radical, anti-choice measure in one of the most conservative states in the Union.

We must continue this conversation with our friends, neighbors, and family-members to defeat the onslaught of anti-choice attacks coming onto the ballot in 2012. Leave a comment to let us know what you think about last night's victory, or join in the conversation happening on our Facebook page.

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The Latest, Breaking News on "Personhood" in Mississippi

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Tomorrow, Mississippians will vote on Initiative 26, a "personhood" measure that would ban abortion care and possibly outlaw in vitro fertilization and most types of birth control.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, has a new piece in The Huffington Post in which she explains how Mississippi's initiative is not an isolated case--it's part of a disturbing trend in anti-choice ballot measures:

What's happening in Mississippi is not just about Mississippi. We are already tracking multiple anti-choice ballot measures throughout the country. It's the War on Women you might not have heard of yet.  

The anti-choice groups behind Initiative 26 are pushing similar ballot measures for 2012 in Florida, Ohio, Montana, and Nevada.

Read more at The Huffington Post

*BREAKING*

New polling from Public Policy Polling shows that Mississippi's vote could go either way.

Show your support for Mississippi women and families by sharing this image on your Facebook wall. And if you live in Mississippi, don't sit this one out. Vote NO on Initiative 26 tomorrow, November 8, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CST.

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Show Your Support for Mississippi Women on Facebook

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Next Tuesday, Mississippians will vote on Initiative 26, a "personhood" measure that would ban abortion care and possibly outlaw in vitro fertilization and most types of birth control.

You can show your support for Mississippi women and families by sharing this image on your Facebook wall.

And if you live in Mississippi (or know people who do), be sure to go out and vote NO on Initiative 26 on Tuesday, November 8.

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One week from today, Mississippians will vote on Initiative 26, Mississippi's "personhood" ballot measure. Initiative 26 would ban abortion care and possibly most types of birth control in the Magnolia State.

Today, BlogForChoice.com is proud to join HERvotes in a blog carnival dedicated to defeating this dangerous ballot measure.

HERvotes will post blog posts on the Mississippi "personhood" measure throughout the day.

You can share the posts on Twitter--hashtags #HERvotes and #NoOn26--and Facebook.

If we spread the word far enough, we can reach every voter in Mississippi who believes in a woman's right to make personal, private medical decisions.

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Standing Together with Mississippi Families

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On Tuesday, November 8, Mississippians will vote on a measure that would ban abortion care and possibly most types of birth control in the Magnolia State.

I'm talking about Initiative 26, Mississippi's "personhood" ballot measure. "Personhood" measures are one of anti-choice extremists' new, backdoor ways to ban abortion care.

These extremists are so cruel that they would force a woman who survives rape or incest to carry a pregnancy caused by her attacker.

We can't stand by and let this attack on the women of Mississippi go unanswered.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is standing together with Mississippians for Healthy Families to stop Initiative 26.

Mississippians for Healthy Families is a coalition of women and men, doctors, attorneys, and faith leaders. They are working day and night to educate voters on the extreme medical and legal ramifications of Initiative 26 because Mississippians need more access to health care, not less.

Here's how you can help:

"Like" Mississippians for Healthy Families on Facebook.

Sign up to receive email updates about the campaign.

And if you live in Mississippi (or know people who do), be sure to go out and vote NO on Initiative 26 on Tuesday, November 8.

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Mississippi Set to Vote on "Personhood" Measure

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What is a "personhood" measure?

It's a new, backdoor way to ban abortion care. It's called "personhood" because anti-choice extremists say that life begins at conception, even before doctors say a pregnancy occurs. "Personhood" measures would not only outlaw abortion--including in cases of rape or incest--but they could also ban many common forms of birth control.

Colorado voters twice defeated "personhood" ballot measures in their state by resounding margins. But the anti-choice groups behind these measures haven't given up. They've turned their sights to other states, and this November, Mississippians will vote on a "personhood" measure.

The man behind the Mississippi "personhood" measure is a far-right extremist named Les Riley. He's currently barnstorming the state on his incendiary "Conceived in Rape Tour." The tour aims to undermine the right to choose even for women who are survivors of sexual violence.

Mother Jones calls this initiative "the most radical anti-abortion measure in America." "Personhood" measures directly conflict with Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman's fundamental, constitutional right to choose abortion care.

And, of course, that's the idea. These anti-choice activists hope that "personhood" measures lead to a new Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

And that would send us right back to the days when politicians had free rein to make a woman's most personal medical decisions for her.

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