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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  • by Jessica Location: Quitman, MS on Oct 11, 2011 at 10:59 AM
    If you do not have the ablility, the means, or the want to care for a child, QUIT SLEEPING AROUND! PLAIN AND SIMPLE! This amendment will not take away our birth control for those of us who are responsible enough to take it. I'm sure over half of the girls having abortions aren't on the pill and aren't taking the precaughts to prevent a pregnancy but here we are giving them an easy way out. Telling them its okay to be irresponsible, we will fix it, we will make it go away. Wake up people!
  • by James Location: ZERO on Sep 28, 2011 at 02:11 PM
    Most peope that say it's ok to kill baby . Is the same one's say we should not kill the one's on death row . Because it not right to take their life . Why not give a baby a chance to live their's ? Alot of people will take them in. IF YOU DON'T WANT KIDS THERE WAYS TO PROVENT IT . Why do you all hide? Why want you put your names out there TO let everyone know how you feel ?
  • by Peabody Location: Valley Road on Sep 25, 2011 at 11:43 PM
    Which is worse? A 15 teen year old that aborts a life and goes on to finish school,gets a good job and makes something of herself or the same girl that drops out,goes on welfare and raises another welfare baby? Will the people that want to protect every fetus standup and adopt the child that the mothers know they can't provide for?
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      by PTD on Sep 26, 2011 at 02:21 PM in reply to Peabody
      Its no longer their problem 1 second after birth. Its easy to run around with their picket signs and photoshopped pictures they have at the intersections where they march but they have no real love or care for children. Mississippi has the HIGHEST INFANT MORTALITY rates in the country, but thats not important in their eyes. Someone elses problem. Make sure each one gets born, let the mom drop out of school and become a welfare mom or let the state stick them in orphanages or with 'pay families' who take them in for a monthly check. Then when they come of age, after having no role models or guidance in their lives, and end up being thugs, warehouse them in our prisons at $100,000 each, per year. Yeah, lets pass that law and start building more prisons.
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      by Jessica on Oct 11, 2011 at 10:50 AM in reply to Peabody
      I'm currently 23 with three beautiful blessings in my life. I was 15 when I found out I was pregant with my first son, had him at the age of 16. Guess what, we don't all end up drop outs living off of welfare. I had my son the summer of my 10th grade year, finished school, went on to college, and have a steady job supporting all three of my children. How about instead of giving these girls excuses for killing a child we make them face the things they've done and we give them the encouragement, strength, and support to do the right thing. How about instead of killing a child, we as a community, teach our teenagers how to be responsible, how to take care of that child, how to get off their butts and get a job instead of waiting for the next hand out. How about we show them just how many people there are out there that aren't able to have children that would be honored to raise love support and care for one. Why don't we show them that children are truly a blessing from God.
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        by Rachael on Nov 3, 2011 at 07:16 AM in reply to Jessica
        I also got pregnant at the age of 15 and had the first of my 3 children at age 16. I am the exception to the rule as I not only finished high school, I went to college and now have a career, not a job and support my children. I can go you one further and put my money where my mouth is, I adopted 2 teenagers that didn't have parents willing to raise them, I also am raising 3 children of someone elses. So I HAVE stepped up and done something to contribute to the problem instead of just talking about it. This measure is not just about abortion, but about taking away some of the most effective forms of birth control. It is not as simple as "keeping your legs closed". There are many unwanted pregnancies in MS due to rape/incest. Show me a 10 year old pregnant girl that was able to make that decision. I have seen many preteens in this situation. Have you stepped up? Are you willing to raise someone else''s kid? I am and I still vote no.
  • by mtowncitizen Location: meridian,ms on Sep 23, 2011 at 11:54 PM
    I hate that this is even a issue. As a young black woman working my butt off to live, it makes me mad ppl are trying to take away my right to decide if motherhood isn't what's right for me. Our planet is over populated! Our natural resources don't have time to replenish themselves because there's too many ppl. Our orphanages are overflowing & we have no place to put the millions of kids ALREADY born. Call me crazy but I feel like if you aren't going to care for me & the child its none of your business. What about our poor & struggling married & single moms who have several kids already? This whole crap is why I have major problems with religion. If you don't agree with it then ok, but don't try to interfere with ppl who do. Its between a woman & her doctor & husband/bf. I wish these Mississippians who are protesting were this diligent about getting mississippi off the fattest & most diabetic ppl list!
  • by Just saying Location: Somewhere, US on Sep 23, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    The same people complaining about how terrible some of today's parents are seem to be the same ones that are pro-life. If you're pro-life please don't complain when the awful parent that couldn't abort or attain birth control because of your voting preferences raises an awful child that wreaks havoc on your community. I am weary of "the child shouldn't suffer for the choices of the adult" speech. Thing is the child is probably going to suffer either way (through life or death). Who's to say which brand of suffering is better. Certainly not I.
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      by PTD on Sep 23, 2011 at 08:06 PM in reply to Just saying
      Agreed. Mississippi has never been a pro-life state, not what I consider pro-life. If you mean getting them here to be warehoused in the projects and to live off of public assistance, then yes, Mississippi is pro life. If you mean the pro-lifers caring about the kids the moment after they pop out, then NO, theyre done then and NO LONGER OUR PROBLEM. Lets see the pro-lifers start emptying out the orphanages and also taking the kids that are housed by 'pay me parents' who house many of the unwanted kids for a monthly check. Adopt these and bring them home FAKE PRO-LIFERS. Or admit what most already know, you guys stop caring 1 second after birth.
  • by Shyla Location: Meridian on Sep 23, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    DID UR PARENTS KILL YOU#enuffsaid
  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2011 at 04:29 AM
    This initiative will not stop abortion in Mississippi. A woman's right to abortion is settled in federal case law, you may know it as Roe v. Wade or Planned Parenthood v. Casey. This initiative, if passed, will put the government at the forefront of a fertile or pregnant woman's life. Miscarriage? This will result in a legal death of which a police investigation, and possibly a criminal prosecution, may result. Birth control? That will most likely become illegal in Mississippi. In Vitro Fertilization? That will also most likely become illegal. Again, abortion will not be changed at all by this initiative if passed. Learn the law. Don't be victim to the religious right.
  • by Pro life on Sep 22, 2011 at 05:40 PM
    Difficult decisions about WHAT, morons?? _____ ____ ____ AND YOU WON'T BE MAKING A DECISION ON LIFE OR DEATH AT ALL!!! I'm a 24yo white female carrying a bi-racial child! Can I afford him? NO! Am I married? NO! But I laid down and made him ACCIDENT OR NOT IT'S NOT MY CHILDS FAULT AND I WOULD NEVER TAKE HIS LIFE! instead of trying to play "God" and make that decision, ive got my butt in gear and am back in school, work TWO JOBS and hold down my household with NO GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE!! People that use abortion as a SCAPEGOAT Make me absolutely down right SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      by Vote No on Sep 23, 2011 at 05:01 AM in reply to Pro life
      I think the decisions they are referring to are broader than abortion. Decisions about which birth control to use or whether to try IVF. Even if you are against abortion, you should still vote no on this amendment. Even the National Right to Life is against this amendment. http://personhoodeducation.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/boppmemorandum.pdf
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      by PTD on Sep 23, 2011 at 05:25 AM in reply to Pro life
      Something here doesnt ring true. 24 years old, back in school (classes take time), working two jobs and still have time for casual sex 'accidents.' Sorry but I dont buy it. I dont buy the 'no government assistance' either. There arent many jobs that offer health insurance for part time workers so, are you doing school, a part time job and a regular 40hr a week job? If no, whos paying your health insurance? Its costly, even at your age. If you dont have insurance then whos paying for the pregnancy and upcoming delivery? I have a feeling this is one of the pro-life marchers Ive seen lately with a made up story. I could be wrong but I really dont think so.
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      by Jessica on Oct 11, 2011 at 11:05 AM in reply to Pro life
      Way to go Pro life. You have a good head on your shoulders. Children are beautiful blessings from God himself. You are making a great decision. Glad there are still some not too scared to do the right thing and who are willing to do for themselves.
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