Personhood signatures filed in Mississippi

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February 18, 2010

JACKSON, Mississippi: On Tuesday, February 16, approximately 105,167 signatures were delivered to the Mississippi Secretary of State's office in an attempt to qualify the proposed Mississippi Personhood Initiative on the 2011 ballot.[1] If approved by voters in the November 2011 election, the measure would add language to the Mississippi Constitution that declares that life begins at "the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof."[2] A minimum of 89,284 valid signatures are required to move the measure to the statewide ballot. The proposed measure marks the 26th attempt by Personhood Mississippi to get an initiative on the ballot, according to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a supporter of the proposed measure. Of the previous 25 attempts, only two (unrelated to abortions) have made it to the ballot.[3]

The ballot title reads:

Should the term “person” be defined to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof?

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