Senator Proposes Amendment to Protect Life of Unborn

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Mississippi senator is proposing a constitutional amendment that's similar to one rejected by voters last November.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 555, by Republican Joey Fillingane of Sumrall, says it would be the policy of Mississippi to "protect the life of every unborn child from conception to birth, to the
extent permitted by the federal Constitution."

The Personhood Amendment that was rejected by 58 percent of Mississippi voters in 2011 would have defined life as beginning at fertilization. Opponents worried it would restrict in-vitro fertilization or endanger women with ectopic pregnancies.

Fillingane told The Associated Press Tuesday that he doesn't expect his amendment to even get on the ballot this fall. He says he filed it as a place-holder, in case some lawmakers want to move forward with it.

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