Mississippi Rejects 'Personhood' Amendment
Measure would have banned abortions in the state
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2011 9:46 PM CST
Updated Nov 9, 2011 6:00 AM CST
Christi Chandler, left, and Stacy Hawsey, supporters of the personhood amendment, wave signs at drivers in Madison, Miss.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

(Newser) – A big win for supporters of abortion rights tonight in Mississippi: Voters rejected a "personhood" ballot initiative declaring that life begins at conception, reports the AP. It would have effectively banned all abortions in the state, including those caused by rape and incest, and possibly led to a legal challenge of Roe v. Wade. More than 55% of voters rejected the measure.

Opponents said it could make some types of birth control, including the morning-after pill and the IUD, illegal. The proposed amendment defined a person "to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof." Proponents, in particular the group Personhood USA, are trying to get similar measures on the ballot next year in states including Florida, Montana, Ohio, and Oregon, according to AP.

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Nov 9, 2011 2:40 PM CST
The following anecdotes were collected directly from abortion doctors and other clinic staff in North America, Australia, and Europe. The stories are presented in the providers' own words, with minor editing for grammar, clarity, and brevity. Names have been omitted to protect privacy. http://mypage.direct.ca/w/writer/anti-tales.html
Nov 9, 2011 2:38 PM CST
Nazi's thought of jews as non-people. Doesn't make it right to kill them.
Nov 9, 2011 2:10 PM CST
This was a measure that was founded in religion, and had no place on the ballot. The fact that it was rejected by such a slim margin says a lot about the state of Mississippi. It says, "Don't come here to live, y'all, 'cause we poke our noses into your bedroom to make sure you're behaving according to our imaginary Sky-Friend's rules."