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ARHP Applauds Mississippi Voters for Rejecting Extreme Anti-Choice Measure

Statement by Michael A. Thomas, MD, ARHP Board Chair

For Immediate Release
November 9,  2011

On behalf of the 12,000 reproductive health professionals represented by ARHP, I am pleased to commend voters in Mississippi for rejecting the anti-choice Initiative 26. This extreme constitutional amendment would have given a fertilized egg the same rights as a woman, thus banning abortion without exception, outlawing common forms of birth control, and prohibiting in-vitro fertilization.

Members of the Association of Reproductive Professionals (ARHP) believe that decisions about managing an individual’s reproductive health should always rest with the woman in consultation with her health care provider, not with politicians. Laws that allow government to interfere in our personal, private medical decisions, including a woman’s right to choose abortion, are dangerous and unacceptable.

Thank you to the voters of Mississippi who have sent a clear message rejecting the “personhood” strategy being promoted by a radical fringe of the anti-choice movement. It is my hope that my colleagues and I can return our focus to caring for our patients, and that our elected officials will channel their energy to solving this country’s pressing economic and social issues.


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