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A little cloud in Mississippi
Pruden & Politics ^ | 11-1-11 | Wesley Pruden

Posted on 11/01/2011 11:55:51 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

JACKSON, Miss.—A funny thing happened on the way to forgetting about the abortion issue that has roiled the country’s politics for four decades. Some people haven’t forgotten about it at all.

Mississippi, which nobody ever cited as a bellwether state, will vote Nov. 8 whether to amend its state constitution to protect the civil rights of all “persons,” defined in Amendment 26 to “include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof.” Abortion would be effectively defined as murder. This time Mississippi may indeed be a bellwether.

“Just about every elected official in Mississippi, black or white and Democrat or Republican, is for Amendment 26,” says one unsympathetic pol pleading anonymity as he sips a mid-morning cup of coffee at the Mayflower, a cafe where the pols gather to gossip down Capital Street from the capitol. “Or at least they say they’re for it. Opposing it is a ticket to oblivion.”

Kate Michelman says pro-choice advocates have “a hard time dealing with the increased visibility of the fetus.”

Indeed, both candidates for governor, Phil Bryant, the Republican, and Johnny DuPree, the Democrat, support Amendment 26. So do 20 of the leading politicians in the state, including all elected constitutional officers. Curiously, few Mississippians bring up the subject to a Washington visitor in conversations in coffee shops, shopping malls and on the town squares across the state where people gather. Everybody wants to talk about Barack Obama and the prospects to replace him, and most of the happy talk is about Herman Cain. This is not your grandfather’s Mississippi.

Supporters and opponents speak of Amendment 26 in the apocalyptic language of the true believer. “This is the first significant battle of a revolution,” says Brad Prewitt, director of the Amendment 26 campaign. “This is the most extreme and dangerous intrusion in the lives of women and families in the history of the Republic,” Stan Flint, a Jackson-based political consultant, tells The Wall Street Journal. There’s a widespread expectation that the validity of the amendment will eventually be determined by the U.S. Supreme Court.

There’s no denying that Amendment 26 is far-reaching. By fundamentally changing the debate, it could change the law, even threatening Roe v. Wade, on which all abortion rights rest. There’s already a movement afoot in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nevada and Montana to put a copy-cat amendment on the ballot in 2012. The Supreme Court follows the election returns, the ancient wisdom goes, and just when a lot of people thought the abortion debate was settled much work for many lawyers appears to lie ahead.

The controversy over the amendment has been mostly restricted to Mississippi because the mainstream media, which pretends to be disinterested, is actually merely uninterested. The media consensus, alas, is capable of entertaining only one thought at a time. But there’s a buzz in Washington about the resurgence of the pro-life movement. This week’s cover story in the Weekly Standard is illustrated with a remarkable sonogram showing what is clearly a baby, and not merely a fetus, giving a thumb’s up in the womb. The story is headlined “the unheralded gains of the pro-life movement.” The heralds may be waking up.

Kate Michelman and Frances Kissling, two leaders of the pro-choice movement, acknowledge the gains of their pro-life rivals, and cite improved technology as enabling them to take the moral high ground. Supporters of abortion rights, they write in an op-ed essay in the Los Angeles Times, “have had a hard time dealing with the increased visibility of the fetus.”

Other pro-choice figures glumly acknowledge that young people—the Millennials, so called because they came of age in the new millennium—are the new face of a movement once regarded as the redoubt of geezers and crones.

“Millennials haven’t grown more religious, politically conservative, or queasy about gay rights,” writes Fred Barnes in the Weekly Standard cover story. “Nor do they go out of their way to vote for pro-life candidates. But they tend to see abortion as a human-rights violation.”

If Amendment 26 is the unabashedly extreme measure its opponents say it is, it’s only answering the extreme of the other side. The pro-choice movement, for example, never conceded that partial-birth abortion, in which a doctor typically uses a knife or a pair of scissors to kill the live baby coming out of the womb, was morally wrong, and fiercely resisted the legislation that finally outlawed the practice a decade ago.

Extreme always begets extreme. The argument over abortion is far from settled, as Mississippi is expected to demonstrate next week.

Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: abortion; amendment26; prolife
Great News! Adding to my prayer list my heartfelt support for this amendment.
1 posted on 11/01/2011 11:55:53 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Hope it passes with flying colors. Unfortunately, some federal scumbag judge will throw it out just like they always do.


2 posted on 11/01/2011 12:02:22 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Amen and passing this news on.


3 posted on 11/01/2011 12:20:39 PM PDT by Wneighbor
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To: Scotsman will be Free

“Unfortunately, some federal scumbag judge will throw it out just like they always do.”

Then Mississippi should sit back and wait for an abortion to take place and then arrest and prosecute that judge as an accessory to murder. And then ignore any habeus corpus orders from the Federal bench as a conflict of interest.


4 posted on 11/01/2011 12:29:20 PM PDT by MeganC (Are you better off than you were four years ago?)
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To: Scotsman will be Free
"Unfortunately, some federal scumbag judge will throw it out just like they always do.

They'll certainly try. It should be interesting watching the contortions they're likely to come up with in order to do so.

5 posted on 11/01/2011 12:54:01 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Red_Devil 232

Mississippi pro-life ping.


6 posted on 11/01/2011 1:03:10 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Pray it passes!!!


7 posted on 11/01/2011 1:29:09 PM PDT by NakedRampage (Puttin' the "stud" in Bible study)
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To: NYer; Salvation; narses

Mississippi Pro-Life ping


8 posted on 11/01/2011 1:39:06 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; Vietnam Vet From New Mexico; wardaddy; KLT; montesquiue; Downsouth55; ...

Mississippi\Baptist ping


9 posted on 11/01/2011 2:53:07 PM PDT by WKB (Anything Obama: "What a revoltin' development this is")
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To: WKB

The first I heard of this way out here in Arizona was on a friend’s Facebook the other day. This friend (who is actually a relative of a friend) is against the amendment. She fears that women could bleed to death due to a natural abortion because there won’t be any doctors willing to perform a D&C. I don’t know enough about how the amendment is written to determine if she is right or not. The 20+ replies to her post were from women who agreed with her. (I really should stop posting here before I say something I’ll regret. But I just can’t stop myself. :) These particular women remind me of the unlikable characters in The Help. Hypocrites all.)


10 posted on 11/01/2011 3:02:46 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: wagglebee

Pro life Ping!


11 posted on 11/01/2011 3:26:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: petitfour; wagglebee; little jeremiah

*sigh*

Anything to stop making abortion illegal. Make up some hypothetical situation and run with it like Chicken Little.

Women die from botched legal abortions. Where is all the concern about those deaths as opposed to some hypothetical death that has not occurred yet?

Where are people’s brains?


12 posted on 11/01/2011 3:42:58 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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Excellent! People standing UP for life! Doesn't matter if the outcome is not assured; wars are one not by the battle. And standing up for LIFE is the right thing regardless of the outcome. But - more and more people are waking up to the evil that is abortion. More women die from legal abortion than they ever died from illegal ones. The more abortions, the more deaths of the mothers. It's dangerous for everyone and of course most of all the innocent babies.

13 posted on 11/01/2011 4:29:18 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: Scotsman will be Free
Hope it passes with flying colors. Unfortunately, some federal scumbag judge will throw it out just like they always do.

Please clarify, I thought Roe v. Wade left it up to each state. If a state says it is illegal the fed can't step in.

14 posted on 11/01/2011 5:25:05 PM PDT by verga (quite a few people on this list know the truth)
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To: Scotsman will be Free
Hope it passes with flying colors. Unfortunately, some federal scumbag judge will throw it out just like they always do.

Please clarify, I thought Roe v. Wade left it up to each state. If a state says it is illegal the fed can't step in.

15 posted on 11/01/2011 5:25:09 PM PDT by verga (quite a few people on this list know the truth)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

GOD bless us all here in Mississippi... we will pass this and evil will try to destroy us for doing so.

LLS


16 posted on 11/01/2011 5:26:45 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Sadly, the pro-abortion movement is confusing the voters by saying that the law, as written, is so vague that women who have had miscarriages could be prosecuted for homicide. They’re also claiming that the people behind the law want to deny birth control pills, because they might be abortifacient. There are many who believe that, but it’s extremely unlikely it could ever get passed into law; not in this day and age.


17 posted on 11/01/2011 6:49:57 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ; vetvetdoug; WKB

I bet it passes.

The only opposition I saw there last week was in the uber lefty Jackson Free Press and probably a handful of libs within walking distance of Fondren in Jackson or Square Books in Oxford.

This is an issue with 89% GOP voting white population of MS and many of the rural church going blacks agree..like being anti Homo marriage too

you can bank on this one


18 posted on 11/01/2011 10:01:34 PM PDT by wardaddy (Ethnonationalist...I'll cop to that.)
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To: WKB; wardaddy; SuziQ; vetvetdoug

Omigosh!

Everyone out here wants to know why I’m going home.

This is a MAJOR reason! Other than black-eyed peas, and people who are friendly with one another, no matter their race.

God love and protect Mississippi!

And, I thank God for technology!


19 posted on 11/01/2011 11:50:26 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and, apparently, an evil Capitalist.)
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To: Black Agnes

Thank you so much for the head’s up!

Amazing stuff we are witnessing...huh?


20 posted on 11/01/2011 11:59:38 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and, apparently, an evil Capitalist.)
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To: dixiechick2000

I have reservations about this bill. The trial lawyers are salivating just waiting on this bill to pass and to jump on some physician or health care provider that is forced to practice in the gray area. The bill needs to be written so that physicians are not sitting ducks for the dishonest trial lawyers that are located in every nook and cranny in Mississippi. Remember, if it can be perverted into a money scam, Mississippi lawyers will find a way and do it.


21 posted on 11/02/2011 4:38:54 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: verga

Prior to Roe v Wade it was up to each state. After, it was forcibly made legal by judicial fiat in all 50 states. Ever since, states have tried limiting abortion in various ways through state law. Every new law has been challenged in federal court, and most have been over turned by the federal scumbag judges. Some laws have been left standing that limit abortion, but those are far and few between.


22 posted on 11/02/2011 6:19:12 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: MeganC

That would be great, and would certainly stir up a hornet’s nest. LOL!


23 posted on 11/02/2011 6:20:54 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Wonder Warthog

It will be interesting. I have complete confidence in the federal judiciary to be able to twist logic, justice and the law into whatever pretzel shape they need to come to their foregone conclusion. They are past masters of that. You know; “permutations” and “penumbras”.


24 posted on 11/02/2011 6:23:55 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Thank you for the clarification.


25 posted on 11/02/2011 1:10:03 PM PDT by verga (quite a few people on this list know the truth)
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To: vetvetdoug

I’m not in Mississippi...yet...so I will defer to you, and your opinion.

I hope something will be written that will satisfy the physicians.

I don’t like trial lawyers...period...unless they are on my side. ;o)


26 posted on 11/03/2011 12:03:01 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and, apparently, an evil Capitalist.)
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To: dixiechick2000
Everyone out here wants to know why I’m going home.

You too, huh? We're looking forward to getting back there!

27 posted on 11/04/2011 9:22:45 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

You are going to have frmail shortly!


28 posted on 11/05/2011 12:40:35 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and, apparently, an evil Capitalist.)
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