Home » NEWS » Judge: 'personhood' measure can go on ballot

Judge: 'personhood' measure can go on ballot

JACKSON — A Mississippi judge has ruled that a proposed “personhood” amendment seeking to define life as beginning at conception can be placed before voters in 2011.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Malcolm Harrison issued the decision Tuesday.

While abortion has been the central issue in debate about the initiative, opposing sides in the lawsuit had clashed over whether the “personhood” amendment oversteps the boundaries for proposed state constitutional amendments.

Opponents of the amendment had argued that the initiative process can’t be used to change the state constitution’s bill of rights. They said the amendment would change the bill of rights by reshaping the definition of the term “person,” which is not specifically defined now.

Harrison, in his decision, said the initiative received more than the required number of signatures to be placed on the ballot “and the constitution recognizes the right of citizens to amend their constitution.”

Cliff Johnson, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said he will appeal the ruling to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Regardless of how Harrison ruled, the losing side was expected to appeal.

Measure 26 is the designation given to by the secretary of state’s office to this initiative.


… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Megan Wright

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *