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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  • by marcie on Apr 6, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    cheryl, well you did say it once. FYI i am very happy to kid free, and not have to put up with little brats ruining my life. THANK god for abortions. BTW i am a very happy person. and not angry at all. PEACE, LOVE, and kid FREE. thanks to a little thing called ABORTION!
  • by Cheryl Location: Meridian on Apr 6, 2010 at 04:00 AM
    Marcie, as I said before, you REALLY need to see somebody about that anger issue of yours.
  • by marcie on Apr 5, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    cheryl. i am just making a comment. like you did. but the world would be better off withOUT people like you in it. i think is the woman's choice if they want to have abortions, not yours. i met this one 16 year old girl and a clinic in birmingham a few weeks ago when i had a set of twins aborted. that has five (5) abortions so far. whats better, to have an abortion, or have some kid to ruin your life, and you ruin theirs. and possibly abuse the child because you resent it so much?
  • by Cheryl Location: Meridian on Apr 5, 2010 at 04:35 AM
    Marcie, why would you make a comment like that? You need to see somebody about that anger issue you have.
  • by ProLifer Location: Meridian on Apr 4, 2010 at 08:10 PM
    A very wise person once asked, "Have you ever noticed that the people who are pro-choice pro-abortion have already been born?" Think about it...just sayin' ...
  • by marcie on Apr 2, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    cheryl looks like you needed to be aborted.
  • by Justin Donald Location: phila on Apr 2, 2010 at 04:29 PM
    this is the real Justin Donald. I did NOT write that previous comment. that was someone using my name. i wish they would take off here. i had several phone calls and text today dogging me out about that. IT WAS NOT ME.
  • by John Boy Location: Meridian on Apr 2, 2010 at 03:46 PM
    Jayne, anything added to the Mississippi Constitution is null and void if it conflicts with US law, or US supreme court decisions as per Article VI, which states: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
  • by Jerry Location: Godless liberal Massachusetts on Apr 2, 2010 at 01:05 PM
    Not NEARLY enough abortions in this country. Too many kids who are unwanted and poorly cared for become all of our problems with social programs, increased criminality, etc.
  • by Jayne on Apr 2, 2010 at 12:19 PM
    Laws can be changed. Just because pro-abortion people like babies being murdered doesn't mean that it should always stay that way. You know, I'm glad my "panties get in a wad" over babies being killed. I wouldn't want to be the kind of person who is O.K. with babies being killed.
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