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Personhood Will Be On The Ballot

September 8, 2011

A two year grassroots effort received the word they were waiting on today when the Supreme Court ruled that the Personhood Amendment, measure number 26, will appear on the ballot this fall.

Several liberal groups including the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed suit hoping to keep the measure off the ballot. That will not be the case. And truthfully, legal action is the only thing that can stop the amendment. The measure, backed even by leading Democrats including Johnny DuPree and Billy McCoy, will easily pass with a bi-partisan majority this fall.

The only leading Democrat who has stayed silent on the issue is Jim Hood. Steve Simpson, who raised the issue at Neshoba, again called on the A.G. to take a stance. “By voting ‘Yes on 26’ this November, Mississippi voters have an opportunity to win a major battle in the fight for human life. While my opponent, Jim Hood, has refused to support this amendment and the fight for life, I will not only support the initiative now- I pledge to wholeheartedly defend it from any legal challenges that may arise after I’m elected Attorney General,” Simpson said in a press release.

There has been a lot of talk about how the presence of DuPree on the ballot will help increase the black voter turnout, to the point that it may affect some key legislative races. At the same time, this initiative, along with voter ID, should help increase turnout on the conservative side.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. sailorms permalink
    September 8, 2011 9:05 pm

    This amendment really scares me as the survivor of an ectopic pregnancy. My doctor had to remove the fertilized egg which was caught in the Fallopian tube, before it ruptured and I hemorrhaged. There is NO other way to treat that occurrence. Under this law, that procedure would be illegal.

  2. rubradog permalink
    September 9, 2011 8:15 am

    I heard this issue discussed on the Gallo show. The proponents of the initiative say the protection for the doctor and mother in this case would be to use the self defense claim. That seems very cumbersome to me. The legislature will have to figure out some way to handle this by statute.

  3. William WIlberforce permalink
    September 16, 2011 9:46 pm

    Ectopic pregnancy is a scare tactic. Abortion was illegal for what 200 years before Roe in Mississippi, and how many doctors were ever investigated, much less prosecuted for unintentionally killing a child while providing legitimate (not abortion) care?
    Answer: None

    • Jamie Carroll permalink
      September 17, 2011 10:24 am

      I agree with you. Ectopic pregnancies are a scare tactic that groups like Planned Parenthood currently use to further their agenda, and they are not above lying…as we’ve already seen in congressional hearings.

  4. Cricket permalink
    September 17, 2011 8:10 pm

    The difference is, heretofore “personhood” was never assigned to the zygote, so surgery for tubal pregnancy wasn’t criminal. If this amendment goes through, that change.

    • E b permalink
      October 12, 2011 9:08 pm

      You do not know that. Saving the life of the mother is a common sense approach, as is this amendment. The life if the mother should be paramount. If, in the course of saving her,damage is done to the “person” then that is the only available choice. However, this will rid our state of a “procedure”, that many women have died from, by the way, and even democrats acknowledge should be safe and rare. (I disagree with the legal bit.)

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