Personhood Initiative Gets Voters to Polls

One particular issue seems to have captured people's attention more than any other, the Personhood Initiative, the constitutional amendment to say that life, and human rights, begin at fertilization.

Elections officials say this issue, more than any other, brought bigger crowds to the polls Tuesday.

Voters in Lauderdale County appeared to be fired up about it.
Most voters I talked to said they were voting against the measure, saying it is too broad and that there are situations, such as rape, where they feel abortion might be necessary.

I did manage to track down one voter who was in favor of the amendment.

"Because I believe in life," said Jay Terry. "And the minute it's conceived, I believe it is a life. And that's why I voted for it."

"The reason that I am (against it) is that we have doctors in our family. That I think we're taking the decision out of the healthcare providers hands' by doing it," said Mary Weems. "I think there are cases of rape where it is necessary. So my decision is not to vote for it."

"I certainly hope it fails," said Charles Ray. "And I think it will."

Other initiatives on the ballot would, if passed, require voters to show a photo ID at the polls prior to voting and limit the use of the eminent domain process.

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