Mississippi Votes ‘No’ on Unborn Personhood

Mississippi Votes 'No' on Unborn Personhood

In a stunning blow to the new-born Zygote Civil Rights movement, voters in Mississippi prevented conception of a new state law granting “personhood” and the rights and responsibilities thereof to fertilized human eggs, without regard to the citizenship status or age of the host mother’s ovaries and uterus. This sudden outbreak of good sense is surprising after the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision granting “personhood” to corporations, allowing them the free speech to purchase all the votes they can buy.

The Mississippi law would have defined human life as beginning at the moment of conception, and any interference with fertilized eggs and embryos would be treated as murder. It is unclear whether expectant families could take an extra 9 months of income tax deductions or count the unborn when driving in HOV lanes.

The stongest opposition came from the state’s medical community was concerned about liability for in-vitro fertilization procedures. The proposed law had another slight flaw. It had no provision for the 80% of fertilized human eggs that do not result in birth.

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