'Personhood' Amendment Put to Vote in Mississippi

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Mississippians will vote on a controversial measure Tuesday that declares life begins at fertilization.

The initiative protects "every human being from the moment of fertilization" by declaring them a person under state law.

Opponents say the initiative will not only ban abortion but will outlaw some forms of birth control as well.

However, some Christian leaders who support the measure say it reflects a biblical view of when life begins.

Kristan Hawkins, executive director for Students for Life, addresses some of the grey areas in this amendment and whether this is good legislation, on CBN Newswatch, Nov. 8.

If approved, supporters say the bill could prompt a court challenge seeking to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a legal right to abortion.

The so-called "personhood movement" aims to put similar measures on other state ballots in 2012.

The initiative is endorsed by both candidates in the state's governor race, Republican Phil Bryant and Democrat Johnny Dupree.

The entire proposed amendment is as follows:

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Mississippi: SECTION 1. Article III of the constitution of the state of Mississippi is hereby amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION TO READ: Section 33. Person defined. As used in this Article III of the state constitution, "The term 'person' or 'persons' shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof." This initiative shall not require any additional revenue for implementation.

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