By Deborah Rosenbloom, Director of Programs
Last week, Mississippi voters defeated the highly controversial Amendment 26 also referred to as the Mississippi “personhood initiative” by more than 55 percent. As the pro-choice community breathes a collective sigh of relief, Jacques Berlinerblau writes for the Washington Post that supporters of abortion rights cannot rest easy.
He writes, “Yet this setback should not obscure a crucial truth: the hard Christian Right, which sponsored the Amendment 26, is the most swashbucklingest social movement out there. They will pull out all the stops, give you the razzle dazzle, double-down on doubling down. And, yes, they will be back, bigger and better than ever.”
As active members of the pro-choice faith community, JWI recognizes that faith is often used as a tool to stifle debate on reproductive health care. We urge the pro-choice faith community to join with us as we continue to take action and raise our collective voices to protect women’s fundamental reproductive rights. Our lives and the lives of our children were at stake in Mississippi and continue to be at stake at the local, state, and federal level. Faith alone will not suffice.