Those pushing a proposed amendment to the Mississippi constitution that would define life as beginning at conception are now ready to begin collecting signatures.
The proposal, which will be known as Initiative Measure No. 41, is similar to the Personhood initiative voters rejected by 58 percent in November 2011, but the language differs somewhat.
The amendment would end abortion in the state, and disagreements exist about how it could affect other issues related to reproduction, including various forms of contraception, in vitro fertilization and treatment related to risky pregnancies.
Ann Reed of New Albany sponsored the measure, which has since been approved and given a ballot title and summary by the Mississippi attorney general’s office.
The title assigned to the measure is: “Should the Mississippi Constitution be amended to state that the right to life as a person begins at conception?”
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