Opponents Object to 'Life at Conception' Proposals

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Opponents say they're angry that Mississippi lawmakers are considering proposals to declare life
begins at conception, months after voters rejected a similar constitutional amendment.

Clinton resident Fran Peacock said that lawmakers are declaring "war on women" with new proposals that would recognize legal rights for fetuses.

House Concurrent Resolution 61 is a constitutional amendment that would define "person" as "all human beings from conception to natural death."

The amendment last November would've declared life begins at fertilization. It was rejected by 58 percent of voters amid concerns that it would hamper invitro fertilization or ban some forms of birth control.

Terri Herring of Madison, national director of Pro Life America Network, says she believes voters were misinformed by Planned Parenthood and other groups that spent money to defeat the
amendment.


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