Voters in the state of Mississippi made it very clear last November that they had no interest in adding an amendment to the state constitution declaring that a fertilized egg had the same rights as a person. Initiative 26 failed to pass, with a majority of voters saying no to the move, afraid it would ban abortion, contraception, in vitro fertilization and even life saving reproductive health procedures.
But Personhood Mississippi has decided that the majority is wrong, and they will continue to push their extremist agenda. Now, they are going to ask the legislature to pass a law defining and protecting life at the moment of fertilization.
According to USA Today, nearly 60 legislators voiced their support for a Personhood Amendment in 2010, including the new governor-elect. So it stands to reason that Personhood Mississippi’s certainty that they can get a piece into the legislature isn’t just a boast. “I would be very surprised if a member of the Legislature didn’t introduce some legislation similar to that,” said the new governor to be.
Much like the state of South Dakota, where the legislature has often pushed for extremist anti-choice laws despite the fact that any constitutional amendment presented directly to the voters has been rejected, Mississippi appears ready to consider doing what they want, despite the public’s support of their endevors.
Anything for a Supreme Court challenge, it seems.
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