Home » NEWS » Govt/Politics » CARTER: 'Personhood' amendment gone but not forgotten for Bryant, Romney

CARTER: 'Personhood' amendment gone but not forgotten for Bryant, Romney

The landslide defeat of Mississippi’s so-called “Personhood” amendment is being hailed nationally as a huge victory for women in the Magnolia State.

But for Gov.-elect Phil Bryant and GOP presidential nomination candidate Mitt Romney, the amendment will remain a reminder of the dangers of pandering.

Confident in the passage of Initiative 26, Bryant proclaimed at a campaign rally in Northern Mississippi that should the amendment fail “Satan” wins. That easily could be taken to mean 58 percent (the percentage of voters who rejected the amendment) of Mississippi voters are in “Satan’s” camp. Those same Satan-influenced ballot splitters helped to deliver Bryant a 61 percent gubernatorial victory.

Romney, whom the New York Times calls one of the nation’s most frequent “shape-shifters,” has spent the days since Tuesday’s Initiative 26 demise disavowing a declaration he made on Mike Huckabee’s Fox News show. On this occasion, he wanted to please his host so badly he shifted to pander mode to proclaim that he “absolutely” would have signed legislation as Massachusetts governor that life begins at “conception.”

Huckabee, you may recall, served as a very vocal supporter of the failed Mississippi measure.

Romney, meanwhile, has shifted yet again now that we have clear proof that hugely conservative Mississippi couldn’t back such radical legislation. Fears it would have endangered the lives of pregnant women and banned the use of birth control pills and IUDs led to the amendment’s rejection. Romney, pro-choice as governor of Massachusetts, now says states need to decide these type of issues – not presidents.

It’s OK, though. As Romney would say, “I’m running for office.”


… 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 Ted Carter


  1. I must be in Satan’s camp because I voted against 26. Our state (or country) doesn’t need to return to a time when women had no choice in what happened to their own bodies. If I were raped, I want to make my own choice and would want options. That decision would be between me and God – not me, God, and a group of politicians.

Leave a Reply