A Pro-Life Initiative Could End Up in Court

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Abortion opponents who want life defined in Mississippi as beginning at fertilization said they plan to file a lawsuit as part of their effort to get an initiative on a statewide ballot.

Personhood Mississippi has been gathering signatures for the initiative for almost a year. Mississippi law allows one year to get the required signatures. Personhood's deadline is Feb. 13.

Personhood attorney Stephen Crampton says he intends to file a federal lawsuit Tuesday for clarification of a Mississippi attorney general's opinion he says contradicts the constitutional requirement for the deadline.

The opinion suggests the names must be certified by circuit clerks before the deadline, which could take weeks. Crampton says clerks should be able to certify signatures after the deadline.

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