Pro-Life Groups Plan Ballot Initiative

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi groups that oppose abortion want to put the question to voters again.

The opponents told reporters Thursday at the Capitol they will seek another state constitutional amendment to define life as beginning at conception.

Voters defeated the so-called 'personhood amendment' by a wide margin in November 2011. Similar amendments died in this year's legislature.

About two dozen women and children surrounded by 25 empty strollers vowed to again go through the complex process of bringing the amendment to a popular vote.

They say the new initiative will address concerns of voters who opposed it last year. They also say
they have hired law firm Liberty Counsel to assist in drafting the new initiative.

The groups plan to collect signatures in hopes of putting the amendment on the 2013 ballot.

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