Religion in Society

Mississippi Personhood Amendment Officially on 2011 Ballot

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Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has notified Personhood Mississippi that enough valid voter signatures have been certified to ensure a spot on the November 2011 ballot.

The Mississippi Personhood Amendment states "The term 'person' or 'persons' shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof."

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"The Legislature of the State of Mississippi has passed just about every restriction on abortion that can be passed.  Still, about 3,000 preborn persons are murdered annually here.  The churches and pro-life people of Mississippi are rising up to stop this slaughter, to recognize children as innocent persons, and to protect them by love and by law.  We believe that the Mississippi Personhood Amendment will be voted into the Constitution, and defended," commented Les Riley, sponsor of the Personhood amendment.

On February 16, the citizen-led grassroots organization Personhood Mississippi submitted over 130,000 signatures, affirming the personhood rights of preborn babies in Mississippi. The Personhood Amendment is the fourth ballot initiative since 1992 to be placed on the State Ballot. This was the first all citizen grassroots led effort to make the ballot in State history.

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"Glory to God!  Mississippi has become the first state in the South to attempt to end baby-murder by recognizing the personhood of preborn children and protecting them," added Cal Zastrow, co-founder of Personhood USA.