Birth Control Remains Legal: Mississippi Voters Reject Draconian "Personhood" Initiative Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill
November 9, 2011
The National Organization for Women joins women's rights supporters around the country in applauding Mississippi voters for rejecting Initiative 26, a measure that would have defined personhood as beginning at fertilization in that state's constitution. Initiative 26 would have banned common birth control methods and infertility treatments used by women who are not pregnant.
Grassroots NOW leaders from Mississippi joined together with other women's rights supporters to give generously of their time and money to organize rallies, educate voters and bring people to the polls. Our grassroots movement started small but built quickly, and victory was decided at the local level.