Grassroots Group Gets 'Personhood Initiative' on the Ballot

By: Ashley Conroy Email
By: Ashley Conroy Email

Les Riley, from Personhood Mississippi says its goal is try to change Mississippi's constitution.

"To amend our constitution to define person as beginning at fertilization and give rights to all human beings," said Riley.

Personhood Mississippi set out to get over 100,000 signatures from each of Mississippi's four congressional districts to put this measure on the 2011 ballot.

The Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann, confirmed Thursday the group does have enough votes.

"They received 106,000 signatures; 106,325 signatures," said Hosemann.

The next procedural step, Hosemann says, will be for him to present this measure before the House and Senate when the 2011 Legislative Session begins.

"They then have the right to do a competing amendment or accept the amendment as provided by the citizens," the secretary said.

Pro-choice activist Michelle Colone says this action isn't giving rights back, but taking them away from the hands of Mississippians.

"Some of these anti-governmental movements are harmful for American citizens period," said Colone. "Because you oppose an ideology, that you would rather superimpose something such as this."

If Mississippians vote this measure into action, the legislature still has to determine if it want to change the state's constitution.

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