Abortion Ban Set for 2011 Miss. Ballot

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Mississippi voters will have the opportunity to add protection for the unborn to their state constitution.

A petition for a personhood amendment has garnered more than 130,000 signatures in the Magnolia State. That's enough to put it on the ballot in November 2011.

"The term 'person' or 'persons' shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof," the proposed amendment reads.

Personhood Mississippi is the organization behind the measure. The group's goal is to reduce the approximately 3,000 abortions performed in the state every year.

"The Legislature of the State of Mississippi has passed just about every restriction on abortion that can be passed," Les Riley, sponsor of the Personhood amendment, told LifeNews.com. "Still, about 3,000 pre-born persons are murdered annually here."

"We believe that the Mississippi Personhood amendment will be voted into the state constitution, and will be defended," he added.

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