Personhood Amendment causing controversy in MississippiSeptember 13, 2011 No Comments
Fresh off a win at the Mississippi Supreme Court, backers of a so-called “Personhood Amendment” are looking forward to making their case to voters.
On Nov. 8, voters across the state will decide whether or not to amend the Mississippi constitution so that in the words of the proposed amendment, “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization.”
A number of pro-choice groups, including the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, sued to keep the initiative off the November ballot. In ruling to allow it, the Mississippi Supreme Court held, “Just as this Court cannot prohibit legislators from offering proposals in the House or Senate, this Court cannot impede voters from submitting proposals through the voter initiative process.” The Court did not address the content of the ballot initiative.
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