Personhood Amendment Update

By: Mike McDaniel
By: Mike McDaniel

More that 100,000 Mississippians signed a petition to get the Personhood Amendment on November's ballot.

If it passes it would alter language in the state constitution, declaring life beginning at the moment of fertilization. A statewide campaign, Yes on 26, is pushing the effort.

"Mississippi is a very pro life state," says coordinator Reid Guy, "all we have to do is get the message out there that the initiative is going to be on the ballot."

Opponents of the measure say the initiative would be an overreach and interfere with personal and private medical decisions.

"It's wrong," says "Vote No on 26" consultant Stan Flint.

"It gives politicians the right to reach in and interfere with the most intimate and most difficult decisions that a woman and a family has to make."

If the amendment passes, legal challenges are expected to follow.

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