Thirty-eight states have feticide laws passed with the promise that they would protect pregnant women and their "unborn children" from harm. Yet there is hard evidence that these laws actually hurt them.
Far more than abortion is at stake: There are measures that establish legal principles that will be and, indeed, already have been used to justify arrests of and forced medical interventions on pregnant women.
While people in Mississippi were considering Proposition 26 and deciding whether fertilized eggs and embryos would be treated as entirely separate legal persons, a prosecutor and courts were addressing the same question behind the scenes, where voters have no role or voice.
When a person suffering from mental illness happens to be a pregnant woman, she does not lose her right to be treated like other human beings experiencing the same problems.