It was announced today that Mississippi Initiative 26 failed to pass in a general vote today. This measure would have amended the Mississippi Constitution to recognize personhood as beginning at the moment of fertilization.
It failed by a rather narrow margin - 52% to 48%. In this New York Times article, we see that among its opponents are the "usual suspects" - NARAL, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU. That's so typical that it isn't worth the bother to comment. However, once again National Right to Life disappointed grass-roots pro-life activists. Sadly, it's no surprise and I learned long ago that National Right to Life is not to be taken seriously in terms of its political courage and resolve (or lack thereof).
However, the Catholic bishops of Mississippi have abysmally disgraced themeselves and their high offices by opposing the Personhood Initiative. Yes! The bishops joined ranks with NARAL et al to oppose the measure and thus throw babies under the bus! It's not strategic, you see? Their fears of it hindering "efforts to overturn Roe" (Efforts!??! What efforts??!?!?!) are nothing more than lame excuses for cowardice (and I hope for nothing worse).
Your Excellencies, if Initiative 26 would have been so harmful to the pro-life cause, don't you think the pro-aborts would have figured that out?? Instead of vociferously opposing the measure, they would have quietly let it pass - if what you said was true.
As noted before, the initiative failed by a thin margin. Had the Mississippi bishops lent their support to this measure - or at least not opposed it - perhaps Initiative 26 would have passed. Lame excuses to the contrary, I believe they failed the babies miserably and will answer for that, should they not change course.