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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Personhood voted down

The Mississippi personhood amendment was just voted down. It said:
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.
The Nevada Personhood Amendment may be on the ballot next year, and reads:
The People of the State of Nevada do enact as follows:
RESOLVED, That a new section designated Section 23 to be added to Article 1 of the Constitution of the State of Nevada to read as follows: "In the great state of Nevada, the term 'person' applies to every human being."
Eagle Forum has opposed personhood amendments in the past.

These amendments would have no bearing on abortion or on Roe v Wade. They are just silly word games. Under the opinion of the US Supreme Court, abortion is a constitutional right regardless of whether the fetus is called a person under state law.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I disagree that the concept of personhood is a silly word game. It is a uphill battle to change Roe Vs Wade.
The Personhood amendments seem to have been created to stress that life begins with conception.
Any law that focuses the public's attention on this issue in a public forum should be positive. While it is true that it may not at this time be technically legally significant it does or will raise public awareness. It also provides and stimulates more debate that can only be positive.

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