Petition Filed to Get 'Personhood' Measure on Ballot

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Pro-life supporters who want life defined in Mississippi as beginning at conception have filed an initiative petition with the secretary of state's office to get the issue on a statewide ballot.

Personhood Mississippi, led by Leslie Riley of Pontotoc, delivered petitions with signatures of 105,167 people Tuesday to Delbert Hosemann's office.

The group's goal is to extend rights to fetuses and stop abortion in Mississippi. Similar efforts have been underway in several other states, including Colorado, Florida, Montana and Nevada.

For an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 89,285 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 17,857 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000.

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  • by wiki Location: Meridian, MS on Feb 17, 2010 at 02:37 PM
    Norma McCorvey became a member of the pro-life movement in 1995; she now supports making abortion illegal. In 1998, she testified to Congress: “ It was my pseudonym, Jane Roe, which had been used to create the "right" to abortion out of legal thin air. But Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee never told me that what I was signing would allow women to come up to me 15, 20 years later and say, "Thank you for allowing me to have my five or six abortions. Without you, it wouldn't have been possible." Sarah never mentioned women using abortions as a form of birth control. We talked about truly desperate and needy women, not women already wearing maternity clothes
  • by wiki Location: meridian, MS on Feb 17, 2010 at 02:21 PM
    Roe v. Wade ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court on appeal. Following a first round of arguments, Justice Harry Blackmun drafted a preliminary opinion that emphasized what he saw as the Texas law's vagueness. Justices William Rehnquist and Lewis F. Powell, Jr. joined the Supreme Court too late to hear the first round of arguments. Therefore, Chief Justice Warren Burger proposed that the case be reargued; this took place on October 11, 1972. Weddington continued to represent Roe, and Texas Assistant Attorney General Robert C. Flowers stepped in to replace Wade. Justice William O. Douglas threatened to write a dissent from the reargument order, but was coaxed out of the action by his colleagues, and his dissent was merely mentioned in the reargument order without further statement or opinion. The court issued its decision on January 22, 1973, with a 7 to 2 majority vote in favor of McCorvey. Burger and Douglas' concurring opinion and White's dissenting opinion were issued separately, in the companion case of Doe v. Bolton.
  • by wiki Location: meridian, ms on Feb 17, 2010 at 02:19 PM
    The defendant in the case was Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade, representing the State of Texas. Although McCorvey was still hoping the courts would rule in her favor in time for her to end her unwanted pregnancy, she told her attorneys, "Let's do it for other women." "Rape" is not mentioned anywhere in the court documents and was never a consideration in Roe v. Wade. Norma McCorvey's affidavit does not include the word "rape". The district court ruled in McCorvey's favor on the merits, but declined to grant an injunction against the enforcement of the laws barring abortion. The district court's decision was based upon the Ninth Amendment, and the court also relied upon a concurring opinion by Justice Arthur Goldberg in the 1965 Supreme Court case of Griswold v. Connecticut, regarding a right to use contraceptives. Few state laws proscribed contraceptives in 1965 when the Griswold case was decided, whereas abortion was widely proscribed by state laws in the early 70's.
  • by wiki Location: meridian on Feb 17, 2010 at 02:13 PM
    In September 1969, while working as a carnival side-show barker, Norma L. McCorvey discovered she was pregnant. She returned to Dallas, where friends advised her to assert that she had been raped, because then she could obtain a legal abortion (with the understanding that Texas's anti-abortion laws allowed abortion in the cases of rape and incest). However, this scheme failed, as there was no police report documenting the alleged rape. She attempted to obtain an illegal abortion, but found the site shuttered, closed down by the police. Eventually, she was referred to attorneys Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington. In 1970, attorneys Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington filed suit in a U.S. District Court in Texas on behalf of Norma L. McCorvey (under the alias Jane Roe). At the time, McCorvey was no longer claiming her pregnancy was the result of rape, and she later acknowledged she had lied earlier about having been raped.
  • by lifebeginsatconception Location: meridian, MS on Feb 17, 2010 at 02:05 PM
    Everyone knows that life begins at conception. Life begins personhood. No person should be executed without due process of law. An unborn baby has never committed a crime and has never been convicted of a capital crime. Personhood measure is just trying to make it possible for an unborn child to have the same rights as anyone else in this country. This should already be acknowleged but some think it needs to be reemphasized. It is sad that some don't understand that yet. You have to have a dark heart not see the wisdom of what these people are trying to do. Abortion stops a beating heart.
  • by John Boy Location: Meridian on Feb 17, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that abortion cannot be outlawed by any state Roe v. Wade 1973. You can put anything you want to on a ballot and pass it, and nothing will change. This is just something to get folks stirred up and mad by the political right to motivate their base and try to get them to the polls.
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