What a relief! Seeing how this all ended up gives me hope in the American people (thanks, Mississippi!) and their ability to see beyond the surface of an issue and give some deeper thought to the consequences.
At a quick glance, Initiative 26 may have seemed easy: pro-choice or anti-choice. It’s just about abortion, right?
The shoddy crafting of this initiative set medical professionals on alert. Its ambiguity led people to question how issues like birth control and in vitro fertilization would be handled in the state. Some were made uncomfortable by the lack of exception for cases of rape, incest, or the health of the mother.
Thanks to all you Mississippians out there who really took the time to learn about this initiative and vote with not just your hearts, but also your brains. Never let careless policy-making go free; shut it down and let the powers that be know that you are smart, you think things through, and that you expect and deserve better!