November 01, 2011

Personhood at Conception: Mississippi Is Up Next

Next Tuesday, November 8, 2011, the citizens of Mississippi will be voting on an amendment to their state's Constitution.  The amendment defines the beginning of life to be the moment of conception, and it defines a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, thereby making abortion and some forms of contraception, illegal.  It is Initiative 26 and there is a good chance the citizens will vote it in.

Tom Ashbrook discussed this topic yesterday on his On Point radio show on National Public Radio (NPR). He provided one of the fairer representations of both sides of the issue that I have heard on NPR on the topic of abortion. Kudos to Tom. Listen here.

To see the wording of the ballot, click here  [Added 6/8/17 - For more background, click here]


CBS News
Debating Mississippi's "Personhood Amendment"
The New York Times
Push For Personhood Amendment Represents New Tack in Abortion Fight
The next front in the abortion wars: Birth control
Mississippi debates a "Personhood" initiative that could ban the pill -- but ultimately aims at Roe v. Wade
The New York Times
Mississippi’s Ambiguous ‘Personhood’ Amendment

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1 comment:

Kathleen said...

Unfortunately, this measure did not pass.