Pro-Life Groups Plan Ballot Initiative

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi groups that oppose abortion want to put the question to voters again.

The opponents told reporters Thursday at the Capitol they will seek another state constitutional amendment to define life as beginning at conception.

Voters defeated the so-called 'personhood amendment' by a wide margin in November 2011. Similar amendments died in this year's legislature.

About two dozen women and children surrounded by 25 empty strollers vowed to again go through the complex process of bringing the amendment to a popular vote.

They say the new initiative will address concerns of voters who opposed it last year. They also say
they have hired law firm Liberty Counsel to assist in drafting the new initiative.

The groups plan to collect signatures in hopes of putting the amendment on the 2013 ballot.

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  • by LCREZ Location: LC on Mar 13, 2012 at 01:26 PM
    Abstinence DOES work! The way it is taught and the way it lived out may not work sometimes but Abstinence does keep from having babies. There are zero babies where people abstain from sex. There is no such thing as "Safe Sex". It is only in your imagination. There is no way sex out of marriage can be safe in any way. You are only deluding yourself if you really think that. By its very nature SEX produces something. It may not produce a baby everytime, but it does produce something inside each person who does it. Killing the natural product of sexual intercourse (aka baby=person) kills something inside each of the participants. Safe sex is a myth. The sooner we realize that the sooner we can try to really curb births out of wedlock.
  • by Blinded by Stupidity Location: Meridian on Mar 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM
    I am pro-life, well to a certain point. I also believe in capital punishment - if they don't live the life I want them too and by my standards. Life begins at conception and ends at execution! - Breed'em, control'em, and kill'em, isn't that what this is all about? Live up to your own Christian standards people before you try to dictate other people's lives! I have never seen a more ethnocentristic group of people in my life!
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      by LCREZ on Mar 14, 2012 at 01:19 PM in reply to Blinded by Stupidity
      Babies are being executed daily for no crime of their own. The only undeniably innocent ones are being sentenced to death--millions of them. If the blood of Able cried out after Cain killed him, what do you think is happening now with millions being killed for the convenience of their parents.
  • by Cindy Location: MS on Mar 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM
    Didn't WTOK report on the local news not long ago that teen pregnancy was decreasing in MS? And please don't confuse the Personhood Amendment and abortion with other issues that it does not apply to. It will not outlaw all form of contraception. No matter what a person's religious or moral belief may be, there is no reason there should be division between the medical and religious community about a new life beginning at conception. Because scientifically it does.
  • by MyHome Meridian Location: Where Else on Mar 12, 2012 at 02:28 PM
    What the data goes to show is that there IS a direct correlation to highly religious states/abortion and vise versa. The first list (more abortions), only two states(just barely)are in the top ten or more religious half and on the second list (lowest number of abortions) all but three states are on the highly religious list. So now go ahead and release the vile name-calling you seen to like or should I help you and say that I'm a racist, Christian, conservative homophobe.
  • by MyHome Meridian Location: Where Else on Mar 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM
    Gregory. Let's keep this honest and fair and compare apples to apples, as they say. Anyone can skew an argument by spouting out improper or misleading data. The article is talking about "ABORTION" not pregnancy. So by using the CORRECT data, you will see below the 10 highest states for abortion in conjunction with their place on the scale of religion (the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44). 1. Delaware 30 2. New York 41 3. New Jersey 35 4. District of Columbia 34 5. Maryland 24 6. California 39 7. Florida 23 8. Nevada 43 9. Connecticut 42 10. Rhode Island 45 Here is the data for the 10 lowest states for abortion in conjunction with their place on the scale of religion (the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44). 1. Wyoming 36 2. Mississippi 1 3. Kentucky 10 4. South Dakota 18 5. Idaho 32 6. Missouri 15 7. West Virginia 12 8. Utah 14 9. Wisconsin 31 10. Nebraska 20 Now you see using the correct information you arguments and insults are...... Childish and down right silly. Data from USAToday and Guttmacher Institute
  • by Ed Location: Lauderdale on Mar 11, 2012 at 02:47 PM
    It's sad that a person thinks it's okay to kill a child. I would love to know the race statistics on people having abortions. That would tell you alot. I would imagine it goes along with the same race that has the most in jail, the most on disability, and the most drawing welfare because they don't want to work. This country needs to get back to God. Churches were full the Sunday after 9/11 because people were scared and somehow they have forgotten. This country has no morals anymore and no accountability. Adults are not held accountable for their actions anymore. They get pregnant they just go kill the baby instead of being responsible. They go to the government when they don't want to work for money. If you want to gripe about tax dollars they ought to start giving drug test to people on welfare and if they fail they lose it. That will save trillions of dollars if it was US wide. We could pay the national debt down.
  • by By believer Location: meridian on Mar 10, 2012 at 06:28 PM
    'I KNEW YOU BEFORE YOU WERE EVER BORN" This is what Jesus said in the Holy Bible,and one day we will know for sure who was right,won't we ?
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      by LCREZ on Mar 14, 2012 at 01:14 PM in reply to By believer
  • by Gregory Location: Collinsville on Mar 10, 2012 at 09:36 AM
    I see. So everyone seems to agree that religion is the answer. Explain why, then, Mississippi has the highest rate in the nation of teen pregnancy despite also being the most religious state in the country is hypocrites. Consider that a -lack- of religion in other states is correlated with a decrease in teen pregnancy rates. Explain this, please, and then explain how you conclude that religion is the appropriate solution when the statistics show that it -- and the abstinence-only education it espouses -- clearly do not work.
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      by YC on Mar 12, 2012 at 02:00 PM in reply to Gregory
      Intelligence, maybe?
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      by LCREZ on Mar 13, 2012 at 01:34 PM in reply to Gregory
      "Religion" is NOT the answer. Jesus Christ is the ANSWER. HE not only taught us the way, HE showed us the way and by HIS blood and resurrection, HE is the WAY to freedom and sanity. As long as you are looking to religion, you will fail to solve the problems. Jesus is the Way Maker. Repent and believe the Gospel and allow God to lead us into righteousness.
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        by Cindy on Mar 14, 2012 at 09:54 PM in reply to LCREZ
  • by cw on Mar 10, 2012 at 06:56 AM
    WE THE PEOPLE have said NO many times, quit wasting our tax dollars asking the same questions over and over.NO MEANS NO.
  • by bearhunter on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:46 PM
    Judging on some of your past comments a month or two ago Gregory, I doubt that you have to worry about getting anyone pregnant.
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      by Gregory on Mar 10, 2012 at 09:42 AM in reply to bearhunter
      Well, yes, you're right, actually. I won't be getting anyone pregnant because, unlike certain idiots who apparently hunt bears, I am more than happy to make use of and encourage contraceptives and safe sex.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2012 at 09:31 PM in reply to Gregory
        I'm so glad about that. You have saved a child a lot of grief!
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