Barbour Votes For Personhood

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he voted for a state ballot initiative that would declare life begins at fertilization.

The Republican says he voted by absentee ballot Thursday because
he won't be in his hometown for Tuesday's election.

Barbour told reporters Wednesday he was undecided because he
thinks the initiative is ambiguous and he had concerns about how it
might affect in-vitro fertilization and ectopic pregnancies.

Barbour says he still has concerns about how it might affect health care, if passed. He says he voted for it, ultimately, because he believes life begins at conception.

Barbour weighed a presidential bid in 2012 but decided against
it.

He answered questions after appearing at a campaign rally for
Phil Bryant, the Republican trying to succeed him as governor.


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  • by Gregory Location: Collinsville on Nov 6, 2011 at 12:40 AM
    If I could think of one single thing that would fix Mississippi, "More unwanted babies," would -- strangely enough -- not be at the top of my list. I guess that's because I'm not an idiot.
  • by cw on Nov 5, 2011 at 08:12 AM
    this man has made many decisions for our state,look where we are now,if haley jumped off a bridge should you?
  • by ashley Location: meridian, ms on Nov 4, 2011 at 08:30 PM
    Think about it,,,,Mississippi has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the U.S.,,,,,,Is that really what MS needs,,,Less Availability to Birth Control????? Come On People....If you want to Outlaw Abortion in the state of MS,,,,,then put forth a Proposal that does JUST THAT,,,,and let the people decide,,,,Lord Have Mercy,,,and I just Heard that Our Gov. Barbour has cast his vote IN FAVOR of prop 26,,,He says his Right to Life opinion was the deciding factor in his vote even tho he himself said yesterday that he was having trouble deciding because the proposition contained other issues,,,So he was afraid to vote No so he voted yes,,,Wow...very logical Governor ,,,Here is an idea for our Governor,,,,WHY NOT VOTE NO ON THIS PROPOSAL AND WAIT FOR A PROPOSAL THAT DEALS WITH JUST ABORTION TO VOTE YES ON,,,I mean what could that hurt,,,,but instead he Votes Yes and Ignores the rest,....WOW,,,I dont know what else to say,,,so disappointed in our Governor,,,Hopefully our Citizens will be able to take a Stronger Stance against all this "law bundling" no matter which side they are on concerning Abortion Itself.
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      by Charles Foster Offdensen on Nov 5, 2011 at 03:35 PM in reply to ashley
      Why would you be disappointed in the governor, Ashley? Hes done nothing that every other republican politician weve had hasnt already done. Theyve caused the high teen pregnancy rate and also the swelled welfare and public housing rolls. You know the republican and bible bunch philosophy. Lets keep any form of sex education out of the schools. Our good children dont need to be taught that. They would never think of doing anything that would make a baby. Then after refusing to educate them, if you still have a few who havent become pregnant before graduation, lets take away their rights to buy birth control. We can all sit in church on sundays and sing kumbaya while we take away our teens chance at a decent life, double the welfare rolls and in the process, expand government like its never been expanded before. Great job repubs. Smaller government? I think not.
  • by truthseeker Location: mdn on Nov 4, 2011 at 06:58 PM
    Are you people SERIOUS? I HAVE NEVER HEARD SUCH SELFISH ________ IN ALL MY LIFE!!! This isn't about political flip-flopping---OR getting a "robo-call"---OR being a "good-ole-boy"---OR big Govt.---and CERTAINLY not about "common (UN-common it should be now because NO BODY HAS ANY) sense"---OR being a republican OR democrat--it has EVERYTHING to do with RIGHT and WRONG! 50 million babies have been MURDERED since this thing began SO... MAYBE just MAYBE the Govonor decided to do what is RIGHT for a change! I pray we don't miss the time of our visitation.......again! If we do.....God help us!
  • by FaithfulRegardless Location: Meridian on Nov 4, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    This link is for Christians. If you aren't a Christian, then this blog wouldn't make sense anyway. http://joshandemilykines.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/initiative-26-do-you-believe-that-an-unborn-baby-is-a-person/
  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Nov 4, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    Purely a political flip flop. If he had valid concerns on Wednesday, he had them on Thursday. He simply didn't want to take the heat from the freak show wing of his party.
  • by Donna Location: Newton on Nov 4, 2011 at 05:03 AM
    I received a Robo-Call from Gov. Barbour last night saying to vote NO on Amendment 26.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 05:02 AM
    Good ole boy! Vote to oppress them women! Who called you and reminded who your loyalty lies with?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2011 at 05:02 AM
    If you're voting "yes" on 26, you should officially agree to never complain again about the following: - big government (this one is obvious) - "activist judges" (judges will be making a lot of decisions for us about acceptable medications, protocol for saving a mother vs. her fetus, fertility options, etc.) ... - welfare (women are going to need it more than ever) - expensive healthcare (doctors are going to need higher liability insurance) - state budget problems (those legal battles are going to be expensive) - drug trafficking (you better believe women will have stashes of contraband birth control and morning-after pills in case they get raped) Are you thinking, "This is all so silly!" Yes. Yes, it is. That's why I'm voting NO.
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      by Chuckles on Nov 4, 2011 at 05:44 PM in reply to
      But I bet you have no problem with the government forcing people to buy health insurance, or telling employers who they can hire, etc.!!!
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        by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2011 at 09:25 AM in reply to Chuckles
        I don't have a problem with cheap-skates being made to buy health insurance. I'd rather have that than me paying for it through higher hospital bills and higher taxes. don't let the facts get in the way.
  • by Wow Location: Meridian on Nov 4, 2011 at 04:44 AM
    So, common sense told Haley not to vote for it, but he did anyway. I am afraid that many people are going to do the same thing.
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