Planned Parenthood Statement on Defeat of Personhood Amendment in Mississippi:
âThe defeat of the so-called âpersonhoodâ amendment in Mississippi is a major victory for womenâs health.
âMississippi voters rejected the so-called âpersonhoodâ amendment because they understood it is government gone too far, and would have allowed government to have control over personal decisions that should be left up to a woman, her family, her doctor and her faith, including keeping a woman with a life-threatening pregnancy from getting the care she needs, and criminalizing everything from abortion to common forms of birth control such as the pill and the IUD.
âWe congratulate the Mississippians for Healthy Families Coalition, which ran an amazing campaign to educate voters about the dangerous impact of the amendment.
âMississippians from all walks of life, medical professionals, clergy, parents, and young women and men, spoke out in opposition to the amendment.
âThe more voters learned about the many dangerous and extreme consequences of the initiative, the more they opposed it.Â PollingÂ showed that in the final days leading up to the vote, when voters were given information about the so-called âpersonhoodâ amendment, support for it dropped below 50 percent.
âIn whatÂ GallupÂ ranks as the most conservative state in the nation, voters of all political persuasions rejected the measure.
âMississippi is now the second state to reject âpersonhood.â Colorado defeated the so-called âpersonhoodâ amendment by wide margins in 2008 and 2010.âÂ