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Friday, November 4, 2011

Mississippi voting on amendment to declare fertilized egg a person

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour came out in support Friday of an amendment to the state constitution that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception, saying that he cast his absentee ballot for the measure despite struggling with its implications.

"I have some concerns about it," he said in a statement. "But I think all and all, I believe life begins at conception so I think the right thing to do was to vote for it."

On Wednesday, Barbour said he was still undecided and said the measure was "too ambiguous."

Initiative 26 would define personhood as "every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof."

Though the text of the amendment is simple, the implications if it passes couldn't be more complex. If approved by Mississippi voters on Tuesday, it would make it impossible to get an abortion and hamper the ability to get some forms of birth control. more