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What's Different About Mississippi's Personhood Amendment?

Mississippi voters are about to weigh in on the most radical anti-abortion amendment since Roe v. Wade.


On November 8, all eyes of the abortion debate will be on Mississippi voters. They'll be casting their ballots for or against Proposition 26, also known as the Personhood Amendment, which would grant fertilized eggs constitutional rights as people. The amendment would effectively ban not only abortion, but other far less controversial things like morning-after pills, the IUD, and in-vitro fertilization.

This is the most radical attempt to outlaw abortion since Roe v. Wade, and it's the most likely measure of its kind to declare victory. Here's why Prop 26 is different—and why it may be the rudest awakening the pro-choice movement has had in years.

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California's Awesome Climate Law Survives (Again)

Good news. It looks like California's Proposition 26 did not defang the state's climate legislation after all. The sneak attack failed.

California's excellent climate-change-fighting legislation, known as A.B. 32, survived the recent elections. There was a measure called Proposition 23 on the ballot (funded in large part by out-of-state oil companies) that would have all but killed the climate change legislation but the voters rejected it.

But then we heard that another ballot measure, Proposition 26, which passed, might actually make it impossible for the state of California to levy taxes on polluters.

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Proposition 26, a Sneak Attack on the Environment, Passed in California

California's climate change legislation survived yesterday, but it turns out a lot of oil companies snuck its "evil twin" past voters.

Damn. For a second there, it looked as though California had really done the planet a solid yesterday. Proposition 23, which would have essentially killed the state's climate change legislation, was handily defeated.

But it turns out a lot of polluters weren't even bothering with Proposition 23. They were pouring their energy—and money—into Proposition 26.

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