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‘Personhood’ Returns To The Capitol

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 14 Feb 2012 05:49pm | comments
Atlee Breland hands out letters opposing 'personhood'

The fight over how to define life in Mississippi is being revived in the 20-12 legislature. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that a bill similar to the so-called "personhood" amendment that voter rejected this fall has been introduced in the state senate.

This is just the fourth time that Atlee Breland has ever been to the state capitol.

Tuesday, she walked the halls the capitol handing out a letters to the Senate's constitution committee members, opposing a bill that could revive the personhood amendment.

Breland is the president of Parents Against Personhood and was one of the lead opponents to the Personhood amendment on last fall's general election ballot, which would have defined life as beginning at conception.

"I am a parent through infertility treatment. I have great concerns about its effect on infertility treatment, birth control, life saving pregnancy care. It is about the unintended consequences of personhood which goes beyond being pro-choice or pro-life," Breland said.

Mississippi voters rejected the amendment in November by a vote of 58-to-42-percent.

Senator Joey Fillingane of Sumrall revived the personhood amendment by filing a ill with similar language.

Filligane still believes the state should alter the constitution to clearly outlaw abortion.

"That you would protect the life of every unborn child from conception to birth. So essentially it tries to get at the same issue the life amendment did. The bottom line being that the constitution of the state of Mississippi does not guarantee the right to an abortion," Filligane said.

Fillingane is not sure if the legislature is interested in re-hashing the contentious political battle that surrounded the personhood amendment this past fall....However, he says he wanted to make sure a bill was ready in case law makers do move to further restrict or ban abortion in Mississippi.

If the bill is passed by the state legislature, a majority of Mississippi voters would have to approve it in order to change the constitution.

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Atlee Breland hands out letters opposing 'personhood'


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