Daily Dickhead(s): Personhood Mississippi

Today’s Daily Dickhead honors are shared by every employee of an organization known as Personhood Mississippi; who single handedly make me want to vomit simply by placing the word ‘personhood’ with that of, the mental midget capital of the US, ‘Mississippi.’

Thanks to Personhood Mississippi, the state will be voting in the 2011 general election on whether or not abortion should be criminalized in their state; by including the following question on their ballot:

“Should the term ‘person’ be defined to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof?”

(Is it me or can you imagine some one-toothed hillbilly asking people at the voting station “Ummm, exx-cuuuuuze mayyy…ummm, what does ‘thayyy-errrr uhhhvvvv’ mean?’)

And for those of you wondering how this question would impact victims of rape and sexual abuse, fear not! Personhood Mississippi has your back! Last week, they held a week long workshop entitled the “Conceived In Rape Lecture Series” and, aside from having a name which brings to mind the absolute LAST subject I’d ever want to hear a lecture about, was led by Personhood Mississippi spokesperson Rebecca Kiessling, who told her story of being conceived during rape and put up for adoption. She located her birth mother who told her that, if abortion had been legal at the time, she would’ve aborted Rebecca instead of putting her up for adoption.

Rachel Maddow caught wind of Personhood Mississippi’s pleasantly named tour and criticized them heavily, saying that the organization is ‘forcing women who are victims in rape to bear the rapist’s child’. To which Kiessling replied:

“I am not the rapist’s child! He doesn’t even know of my existence, as in most rape cases. And what an insult to the majority of rape victims who not only choose life for their child, but choose to raise their child. After everything they’ve been through, Maddow has the audacity to refer to the rape victim’s child as being ‘the rapist’s child’?! She does not speak for the majority of rape victims who express that their child has brought them healing, helping them to overcome the rape. The ones who abort are four times more likely to die within the next year. If you truly have compassion for a rape victim, you’d want to protect her from the abortion and not the baby! A baby is not the worst thing that could ever happen to a rape victim — an abortion is.”

Look, this is a really really touchy subject. But, as a survivor of rape and sexual abuse, I feel as though I can speak on the matter a little by simply saying that ALL people should have the choice to do what they want to with their own bodies. This is not a religious issue, nor should it be the issue of ANY other human being OTHER than the victims, themselves. PERIOD.

My stance is firm that whether we’re talking about gay rights or abortion rights or any other kind of rights that have to do with what OTHER people do with THEIR OWN LIVES, the law should butt-out and let people do whatever makes them comfortable. Ugh. I fucking HATE this issue and I’m so sick of people turning it into anything other than an issue between a woman and HER body.

Why anyone would WANT to live in Mississippi is beyond me, but regardless, everybody should be free to choose to do anything with their own bodies and lives that they wish to (as long as it’s not harming anyone else).

Watch Maddow’s story below.


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