So, it’s been ten days since the election, and now that the dust has settled, many of you have asked what’s next. I think it’s clear to everyone on all sides of the fence that 26 was not the end of personhood, nationally or even here in Mississippi.
Post-election comments from Personhood USA make it clear that they’re gearing up for other fights. (Also of note in that article: admissions by Dr. Eric Webb of Yes On 26 that IVF doctors would be criminally liable for lab accidents, and by Jennifer Mason of Personhood USA that lifesaving terminations would not be allowed for cancer patients.)
Locally, Personhood Mississippi is already discussing legislative approaches to pass personhood. They’re reworking their PAC structure, and they’ve even specifically mentioned Georgia’s 2009 SB 169 as model legislation. (See Renee Whitley’s guest post on Voices of the Stroller Brigade for more on the SB 169 fight.)
The defeat of 26 was a major victory, but it’s clear that there is more work to do, and Parents Against MS 26 is committed to continuing the fight. We have the PAC infrastructure in place, and we are already beginning to explore the transition to legislative work.
Going forward, we will be re-branding our site as Parents Against Personhood, and reorganizing our existing content into a more comprehensive resource for personhood issues across states. We look forward to expanding it as well, with more in-depth articles on various aspects of the complex medico-legal issues generated by personhood. In the meantime, the Parents Against MS 26 site will remain available for archival purposes; Yes On 26 may have removed their entire Internet presence within three hours of the election results, but we stand behind every word we’ve written. We’re very excited to be able to share our new site with you in just a few short weeks!
We want to give you all our most sincere thanks for everything you did to help defeat Initiative 26. We hope you’ll continue to stand by us in the upcoming election cycle.