Following tonight’s vote in Mississippi on Amendment 26, the so-called “Personhood” Amendment, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“Tonight’s vote was an important victory for the health of women and their families in Mississippi and across the country. The so-called ‘Personhood’ Amendment that Mississippi voters voted down tonight was a dangerous and divisive measure that would restrict a woman’s right to choose even in cases of rape, incest and life of the mother. It would highly restrict or even end most infertility treatments, and it would go as far as outlawing many forms of birth control. This amendment is so extreme that even pro-life Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said it gave him pause.
“But it apparently wasn’t too extreme for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who recently declared his support for efforts to pass ‘personhood’ amendments in Mississippi and elsewhere. These proposals pose a serious risk to women and their health and Mitt Romney should be ashamed of himself for supporting them, and the American people should take note. As advocates for women’s health breathe a sigh of relief tonight, we must also remember that the fight is far from over. Republicans are working around the clock to get similar ‘personhood’ amendments on the ballot in states across the country—and we need to redouble our efforts to stop them from moving our nation backward.”