MS 26

A person’s a person, no matter how small
Like the miniscule blob of a blastocyst ball
Or an egg, when a sperm cell has happened to call
A person’s a person, no matter how small.

From Corinth to Gulfport, they’ll take to the polls
For a state-wide initiative
with wide-reaching goals:
To say cells are people, with rights and with souls,
And the state, not the woman, is at the controls

The state, not the woman, can say what is best
For the baby with which the poor mother is blessed
And the choice of the mother need not be addressed
The state, not the woman, can say what is best

A person’s a person, the state will assume,
And of course this applies to a babe in the womb
(The mom’s not a person; she’s just baby’s room,
And a source of nutrition the kid will consume)

A person’s a person, as well you’re aware
And a babe needs protection—it only seems fair
Till she’s out of her mother, and breathing the air,
And the state is no longer pretending to care.

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  1. Joan says

    Sad but brilliant, as usual. But sad..and damned scarey. Twinned with the Jennifer poem, it’s a powerful statement which the people who need to see it won’t see. And if they do, they will probably think Jennifer got what she deserved.

  2. James C. says

    And a source of nutrition the kid will consume)

    Was that double meaning deliberate? (The child is consuming nutrition, yes, but also will, once born, consume his/her mother’s life.)

  3. Pierce R. Butler says

    A friend in Mississippi tells me there’s resistance to this measure – but she hangs out with the smarter crowd, and so probably lacks a good barometer of the local atmosphere.

    If she’s wrong, in the Magnolia State there will soon be a whole ‘nother meaning to the phrase “miscarriage of justice”.

  4. Tsu Dho Nimh says

    Being a legal person might not be the protection they think it is.

    Mississippi has very wide-ranging self-defense laws … you can use lethal force against any person who you feel is a threat to your life and claim self-defense.

    So have they inadvertently legalized late-term abortion?


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