Pro-Life Initiatives Hope To Make Ballot

2009 May 11
tags: ballot initiative, culture of life, Initiative 24, Initiative 26
by Brett

Sid Salter has a recent column where he talks about many of the hurdles a person or organization must go through to have an initiative put on the ballot. The voter identification initiative has received a lot of press and support from lawmakers, but there are a couple lesser-known initiatives worthy of joining the discussion.

The website for the Secretary of State states that Initiative 24 “would amend the Mississippi Constitution to require legal recognition that human life begins and is protected at the moment of fertilization and to forbid taking the life of a person by aiding a suicide attempt or by depriving an unborn person of life. “Person” would be defined (without regard for conditions such as race, sex, age health, function or dependency) to include all stages of biological development from fertilization to natural death.”

You can check out this website to learn more about Initiative 24, including an introduction, full wording of the amendment, and frequently asked questions.

The website states that Initiative 26 “would amend the Mississippi Constitution to define the word “person” or “persons”, as those terms are used in Article III of the state constitution, to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof.”

This initiative is being sponsored by Les Riley, the former Constitutional Party candidate for Secretary of Agriculture. You can learn more about the amendment at Personhood Mississippi.

4 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 May 11
    RileyDad permalink

    Good to see you back !

    Just as an FYI -we have already collected roughly 20,000 signatures for the Mississippi Personhood Amendment – including Lt. Gov Phil Bryant :

    http://personhoodmississippi.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/lt-governor-signs-petition/

    We have the Northern 3rd of the state mostly organized and Jackson metro pretty close. The South Mississippi contacts and volunteers are starting to come in, but we haven’t really made a push down there yet. We have a good number of churches on board. And we haven’t even had our official publc kick off yet.

    Mississippi is about to become the first state to offer equal rights to all human beings regardless of their size !

    We need all pro-life Mississippians to get on board. This is truly a bottom-up/ grass roots/ non partisan effort.
    We have Constitution Party members, Republicans, Libertarians, Independants, and a few Democrats helping. We need your help.

    Les Riley
    Sponsor
    Mississippi Personhood Amendment
    http://www.personhoodmississippi.com

    BTW: Maj in Miss. folks, thought you might like my T.E.A. Party speech from Ripley, MS :

    http://rileydad.wordpress.com/2009/05/02/christian-liberty-vs-messianic-statism-my-tea-party-speech/

  2. 2009 August 7
    James Chris Dannreuther permalink

    Everyone knows when life begins. People who call themselves pro-choice
    are only that way because they think they will never have to face those
    to whom they have ok’s a deach sentece-but I believe they will on Judgement Day.
    Chris Dannreuther

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