November 9, 2011
Mississippi Votes Against Personhood Amendment
Voters in Mississippi decided against making abortion illegal in the state on Tuesday, making a statement that a fertilized egg is not a person.
The "personhood" proposal (http://new.www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112416100/debate-over-personhood-amendment-heating-up/index.html) was intended to prompt a legal challenge aimed at overturning Roe v. Wade, which was the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a legal right to abortion.
Personhood USA pushed the measured in Mississippi, and they now say that they are still pursuing life-at-fertilization ballot initiatives in six other states.
The group is trying to put initiatives on 2012 ballots in Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Nevada and California. Voters in Colorado, the group's home state, rejected similar proposals in 2008 and 2010.
The "personhood" initiative in Mississippi was rejected by over 55 percent of voters in the state.
Mississippi has tough abortion regulations and contains only one clinic where the procedures are performed.
Another issue with the personhood proposal was that its wording could have actually made it illegal for women to use birth-control pills.
The proposal would have also created complications in in-vitro fertilization treatments, as well as made it illegal to dispose of any unused eggs that had already been fertilized.
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