Personhood Initiative Gets Voters to Polls

One particular issue seems to have captured people's attention more than any other, the Personhood Initiative, the constitutional amendment to say that life, and human rights, begin at fertilization.

Elections officials say this issue, more than any other, brought bigger crowds to the polls Tuesday.

Voters in Lauderdale County appeared to be fired up about it.
Most voters I talked to said they were voting against the measure, saying it is too broad and that there are situations, such as rape, where they feel abortion might be necessary.

I did manage to track down one voter who was in favor of the amendment.

"Because I believe in life," said Jay Terry. "And the minute it's conceived, I believe it is a life. And that's why I voted for it."

"The reason that I am (against it) is that we have doctors in our family. That I think we're taking the decision out of the healthcare providers hands' by doing it," said Mary Weems. "I think there are cases of rape where it is necessary. So my decision is not to vote for it."

"I certainly hope it fails," said Charles Ray. "And I think it will."

Other initiatives on the ballot would, if passed, require voters to show a photo ID at the polls prior to voting and limit the use of the eminent domain process.

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  • by rob on Nov 11, 2011 at 11:33 AM
    this initiative was trying to find a loophole around the supreme court's decision to allow abortion. while pro-life advocates are fighting for the rights of an unborn child they disregard the rights of the mother. it is true the fetus has a right to life liberty and pursuit of happiness, but don't forget so does the mother, and she also has the constitutional right to an abortion(roe v wade). when do you define beginning of life? conception or birth is moot point, the right to abort remains.
  • by LB Location: Mississsippi on Nov 9, 2011 at 05:29 AM
    Jesus would vote for truth and to allow consequences to teach us to be stronger and to lean on HIM!
  • by russel Location: Meridian on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:25 PM
    Also @Sad in MS: Mississippians were "up to the challenge", and recognized the potential BAD this amendment could cause outweighed the good. Has nothing to do with devaluing human life... It was not a simple vote of saying "Let anyone who walks in the door have an abortion." Also, Foster Mom: Adoption is a perfectly acceptable alternative. That is a personal choice. If your 10-year old who was fertile at an early age but still not entirely developed was (hypothetically) tragically raped and became pregnant and you were fine with her having it so it could be put up for adoption, even if it did permanent damage to her reproductive organs to the point that she may never have children of her own... I would hope most people would want to make that extremely personal decision as a family with their healthcare provider, and not potentially face criminal charges if they chose to terminate.
  • by RF Location: Meridian on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:15 PM
    @karen: am pretty sure it was that ONE sentence (and no document making anything clear), and however anyone wanted to interpret it to bring criminal suits to the courts could do so... may not have been their (Personhood USA) intentions, but they didn't clarify ANYTHING AT ALL, so if they didn't intend for it to affect a number of issues, it still easily could have impacted those issues.
  • by Sad in MS on Nov 8, 2011 at 08:25 PM
    Once again the liberal left wing has influenced the morality of Mississippians. I am amazed the people of Mississippi couldn't see through the smoke cover of Planned Parenthood. Sad that human life has once again been devalued. I realize this was a big issue, too bad we weren't up to the challenge.
  • by karen Location: Mississippi on Nov 8, 2011 at 08:11 PM
    I would like for someone to tell me where I can find the ENTIRE document that would tell me Exactly what the Personhood Initiative would have done.
  • by RF Location: Meridian on Nov 8, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    The solution to unwanted pregnancies is not forcing a person to have a child they're not going take care of... which is a sad reality to begin with. And while I don't believe abortion should be an excuse for irresponsible behavior, it should be an option. And if you don't believe in it, don't have one... But if you want to dictate the matter through social policy and force someone to carry to term, DO NOT COMPLAIN about paying too many taxes when there is an ever-increasing population dependent on the state...on your tax dollars. Again, it's sad that people are reckless and do not use contraception, but it is also reality. Honestly, if this passes, it will validate the ignorance that Personhood was counting on to get this through. (hopefully it will fail and not support "stereotypical" MS) Anyone who thinks past the abortion issue would quickly realize the dangers it entails and simply rewording it is necessary.
  • by Citizen Location: Meridan on Nov 8, 2011 at 07:28 PM
    I believe you are right Smith, Jesus would not vote. He did not participate in the political process.
  • by Foster mom on Nov 8, 2011 at 07:17 PM
    There is such a thing as ADOPTION. No one voted against that.I assure you there are many loving homes willing to take these unwanted children in.
  • by Smith on Nov 8, 2011 at 06:42 PM
    Jesus wouldn't vote.
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