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Mississippi rejects anti-abortion “personhood” amendment

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Much to the relief of rational adults everywhere, a significant majority of voters in Mississippi struck down Proposition 26, the highly contested "personhood" amendment that would have defined life as beginning at conception.

The proposition offered an extreme definition of life beginning at conception, which would have rendered abortion illegal even in cases of rape or incest, and outlawed methods of birth control that begin after an egg is fertilized, including the IUD. Close to sixty percent of voters rejected the amendment, in part due to language that would have put the new law in direct opposition to Roe v. Wade.

Unfortunately, Personhood USA, the group behind Proposition 26, seems undeterred in spite of losses on the issue both in Mississippi and Colorado, and has plans to put similar measures on the ballot this year in Florida, Montana, Ohio, and Oregon. Some people just can't take a hint.