Amendment 26

Tomorrow Mississippians have an excellent opportunity to affirm God’s Word. In addition to voting for legislators, Mississippians will vote on Amendment 26, presented in its entirety below.

Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Mississippi:

SECTION 1. Article III of the constitution of the state of Mississippi is hearby amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION TO READ:

SECTION 33. Person defined. As used in this Article III of the state constitution, “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.” (source: http://yeson26.net/media/3932/definitionofperson.pdf)

Since the infamous decision of the United States Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade in 1973, abortion has been legal in the United States. However, the legality of abortion as determined by the majority opinion hinges on one vital piece of (wrong) information: the unborn child is not a person. As section IXA of the decision concedes,

The appellee and certain amici argue that the fetus is a “person” within the language and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. … If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses [410 U.S. 113, 157] for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment. (source: http://womenshistory.about.com/library/etext/gov/bl_roe_f.htm)

Thus, the passing of Amendment 26 conceivably could lead to an overturning of Roe v. Wade. And the overturning of Roe v. Wade (or, at the very least, the circumventing of it) is necessary for the abolition of legal abortions in the United States. And abortions ought to be outlawed because they are the murdering of human life. Even science teaches that life begins at conception. And since human life begins at conception, then abortion is murder, which the Bible forbids (Ex. 20:13, 1 Tim. 1:9, Rev. 21:8, et al). And since murder is an evil that government outlaws (and that rightly so, since one of the functions of government is to restrain and to punish evil – see Rom. 13:4), the government should also outlaw abortion, since abortion is demonstrably a form of murder.

Currently, however, the United States government does not ban abortion, and Roe v. Wade indefinitely upholds abortion as legal. Therefore, if you have the ability to vote for Amendment 26 tomorrow, I strongly encourage you to vote yes to Amendment 26 not only to affirm the biblical (and scientific) truth that human life begins at conception, and thus is a person, but also to begin a process of overturning Roe v. Wade and enabling our government to rightly outlaw a currently legal form of murder, abortion.

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