Just when you lose hope.

This happens.

Mississippi voters reject anti-abortion initiative

Mississippi voters rejected an amendment to the state constitution that would have defined life as starting at conception, and outlawed abortion and many forms of birth control if passed.

…the amendment was a restrictive attempt to outlaw abortion — even in the case of mothers who are the victims of rape and incest.

It also bans certain forms of contraception that work after a woman’s egg is fertilized and questions treatments such as in vitro fertilization because eggs would be considered people and are sometimes destroyed in laboratories.

That it got onto the ballot is frightening, however.

Here’s another hopeful sign:

Ohio voters reject anti-union measure

In Ohio, a hotly debated new law that severely limited the bargaining rights of more than 350,000 teachers, firefighters, police officers and other public employees was repealed with more than 60 percent of the vote. The defeat was a stinging blow to Gov. John Kasich and cast doubt on other Republican governors who have sought union-limiting measures as a means to curb spending.

“Ohio sent a message to every politician out there: Go in and make war on your employees rather than make jobs with your employees, and you do so at your own peril,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said.

Yay, voters!


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