09/30/2011 08:14 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rachel Maddow Rips Anti-Abortion, Gay Marriage Bills (VIDEO)

Rachel Maddow gave her Thursday viewers an update on drives to ban gay marriage and restrict abortion in states across the country.

She opened the segment by discussing a constitutional amendment against gay marriage that has been placed on the ballot in North Carolina. Noting that there are dozens of states with similar constitutional amendments, Maddow said that this was the reason rights are usually not put to a popular test.

"When we vote on minority rights of many, if not all, stripes in this country, we tend to vote no," she said. "It's part of the concept of rights: they're not supposed to be up for a vote."

Maddow then turned to an effort in Mississippi to redefine "personhood," saying that it begins at "the moment of fertilization" or cloning. She pointed out that many forms of birth control work by stopping the fertilization of an egg, or the implantation of a fertilized egg.

"Does that mean that using birth control is going to be murder in Mississippi?" she asked. Moreover, she said, the mission to redefine "personhood" has spread across the country. "The quest for conservative control for every uterus and fallopian tube in America continues!" she quipped.

Maddow speculated that, though Americans love to "vote against each other's rights," banning birth control might be a step too far.


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