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Mississippians Vote Against Personhood Amendment

By Sandra Knispel | Published 09 Nov 2011 02:46am | comments
Opponents of Proposition 26 outside an Oxford polling station on Tuesday.

Voters decided against changing the text of the state’s constitution when it comes to defining personhood. MPB’s Sandra Knispel has more on the divisive proposition that was defeated last night by 58 to 42 percent.

In Mississippi personhood does not start at fertilization. That according to the majority who decided yesterday not to back Proposition 26, voting down the so-called Personhood Amendment. Had it passed it would have made the Magnolia state the most restrictive in reproductive rights in the country. As the defeat became apparent last night, Les Riley, director of Personhood Mississippi, told supporters in Jackson that he was not ready to give up:

“Elections come and elections go but the rule of our God goes on forever. And we will stand before him and say we did our duty. We are declaring victory tonight in this phase of the battle. And we are declaring that the battle rages on.”

Meanwhile, over at the election watch party of those who had opposed the amendment, the mood was celebratory.

This was not about abortion. This was about government going to far.”

Felicia Brown Williams is the outreach director for Mississippians for Healthy Families.

“Initiative 26 was bad for women, bad for families, bad for our health as Mississippians, bad for our economy and absolutely not in line with Mississippi values.”

Not just national but also international media had been following this deeply divisive ballot initiative, which had been intended to prompt a legal challenge to abortion rights nationwide.

Sandra Knispel, MPB News, Oxford.

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Opponents of Proposition 26 outside an Oxford polling station on Tuesday.


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