Bryant Lends Voice For Personhood Amendment As Deadline Approaches
There is a reason Mississippi has seen only two ballot initiatives that citizens have started actually make it to a vote- because it’s a very hard and long process. But, it looks like one of the current proposed initiatives is in good position as the February 12 deadline for signatures approaches.
Les Riley, leader of the Personhood Mississippi amendment formally known as Initiative 26, said they have about 70,000 signatures currently. A total of 90,000 signatures equally divided along the old five Congressional districts is necessary for an initiative to be put on the ballot. In this case, it would be on the ballot along with the 2011 state and county elections.
Another proposed initiative, that which would require voter ID, has the backing of the Mississippi Republican Party and its organization. This does not. But it has attracted support from the two legislative leaders- Speaker Billy McCoy (D) and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant (R)- in the past.
But it looks like Bryant has taken this a step further than offering his signature. He is now recording a phone call that will be sent to about 120,000 different families in South Mississippi.
Here is the message from Bryant:
“As we recently celebrated Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, let us remember that every unborn baby deserves a birthday. Please join me and my friends at Personhood Mississippi in saving the lives of thousands of unborn children who otherwise become victims of abortion.”
According to the article, it is the Southern part of the state where the signatures are lacking.
As I noted, there is no party organization behind this unlike voter ID. But at the same time, there is no party that is against this unlike voter ID with the Democratic party. While Mississippi may have chapters of NOW or Planned Parenthood, they are no where near as powerful as the NAACP (which opposes the voter ID amendment). In that sense, it may make collecting the signatures a little easier.
That said it is now crunch time for the Personhood Amendment. They need about 20,000 signatures in 30 days.