From the Feminist Majority
In an exciting and important victory for women’s rights advocates,
The Feminist Majority Foundation Campus Choices organizers were on the ground in
A tremendous number of young people, in particular young women, as well as African Americans and even Republicans, went to the polls to defeat the dangerous initiative. Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal stated, “Although starting from behind, as soon as the public learned of harmful impact, we soared in the polls probably picking up more than 40% of the vote in the last two weeks.”
If passed, Initiative 26, which proposed to give constitutional rights to a fertilized egg, would have banned emergency contraception, birth control pills, and IUDs as well as all abortions, even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman or girl. The Personhood Amendment would have even gone so far as to eliminate medical choices for women, including some cancer treatments, in vitro fertilization, and could allow the state to investigate and even prosecute a woman for a miscarriage.
Anti-abortion and anti-birth control extremists have indicated that they intend to put a similar measure on six state ballots in 2012.
So far, reproductive rights supporters have defeated anti-choice state ballot measures in