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Mississippi Voters Reject Personhood Amendment

By Tanya Somanader

"Mississippi Voters Reject Personhood Amendment"

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Mississippi voters rejected a radical “personhood” constitutional amendment that defined a fertilized egg as a “person,” which effectively banned all abortions, birth control, and couples from conceiving children through in vitro fertilization. With even anti-choice activists concerned about the bill’s ambiguity, the amendment failed with 58 percent voting against. Noting that Mississippi ranks as one of the most anti-choice states in the nation, Planned Parenthood said voters “understood [the bill] Is government gone too far, and would have allowed government to have control over personal decisions that should be left up to a woman, her family, her doctor and her faith.”

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