Anyway, fresh off the presses, ThinkProgress has the details:
Well, this is obviously one of the worst-thought-out policy proposals ever, then, especially when you add the fact that this would outlaw many forms of in vitro fertilization as well, which usually involves the creation of 50+ embryos and then picking the few fittest embryos and implanting those while discarding the rest - which would count at 45+ murders under this proposed policy.
Though this is a REALLY extreme example, it is just yet another example in bad, unintended consequences of laws. Dear citizens and politicians - we really need to think through the consequences of laws more thoroughly and deeply than we currently do.
Of course, an alternate explanation is that the proponents of this law are aware of this consequence, so it's not actually unintended - and that their real goal is to try to outlaw non-procreative sex under the guise of this supposedly anti-abortion policy. I've read arguments to that effect - i.e. that policies like this are a not-so-subtle attempt by a small group of people to exert extreme control over women's sex lives. That's certainly a possibility.
However, if that's the case, then perhaps they should be trying to require all women to take the pill, as it seems that the pill has negative effects on both women's sex drives and the quality of the sex they have.
But I digress. If this policy is put in place in Mississippi, I predict that the following will happen:
- Since pre-sex contraception will be harder to come by, post-sex contraception (i.e. abortion) will become MORE prevalent among Mississippians, not less prevalent, though I don't know whether those abortions will be illegal abortions performed in Mississippi or medial tourism abortions performed in nearby states.
- Lots of Mississippians will travel to nearby states to get prescriptions for their birth control pills. The big question is - if they go to their doctors in Mississippi and tell them they're on the pill, will the doctor be required to inform the Mississippi authorities that the woman might be committing "murder"? How far down this rabbit hole are we going to go?
- As with many similar policies, the people who will be most hurt by this are the people who are already the most vulnerable - poor women in rural areas.
I hope this referendum fails, but since it's going to be a low-turnout election, the most extreme voters will have a larger say than they normally would. If it passes, I guess that's just one more reason I have for never, ever, ever going anywhere near Mississippi.