Here are the two major reasons I am voting against MS 26:
First, I don't trust the system. I don't trust the system to ensure that women with ectopic pregnancies will be allowed to have necessary, life-saving and fertility-preserving treatment. I don't trust the system to ensure that women who have miscarried will not be investigated for attempted murder. I don't trust the system to properly advocate for the children that are placed into foster care after being born to mothers who would have used birth control. Voting yes requires the voter to trust the system, because the language of MS 26 does not address any of these situations.
Second, I fundamentally disagree with the idea that a fertilized egg is a person. I don't have a problem with hormonal birth control. I do not think that hormonal birth control is the same as murder. I don't have a problem with IUDs...I just don't think using an IUD is the same as murdering someone. My thoughts on abortion are far more nuanced. Frankly, if we were voting on abortion, then this post would be far longer and more complicated...but we aren't voting on abortion. We are voting on what we consider a person to be. And I don't think that a fertilized egg is a person.
I know, the second reason should be the first - after all, we are voting on personhood. But either way, the result is the same. I am voting against MS 26.