Mississippi is an “enormously pro-life state,” Gov. Haley Barbour said Wednesday, but he and other opponents to abortion rights in the state are nevertheless concerned about an anti-abortion amendment on the ballot there.
Next week, on November 8, Mississippi voters will vote on Initiative 26, otherwise known as the “personhood initiative,” which would amend the state constitution to declare a fertilized human egg a “person.” The one-paragraph initiative asks voters: “Should the term ‘person’ be defined to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof?”
“I’m somebody that believes life begins at conception, that’s one of the reasons I’m pro-life,” Barbour said Wednesday on Fox News. “But a lot of pro-life people have problems with this particular language… There’s concern this is ambiguous, even in an enormously pro-life state like mine, there is some concern about this.”
Later on MSNBC, Barbour added, “I am concerned about some of the ramifications on in vitro fertilization, ectopic pregnancies where pregnancies [occur] outside the uterus and in the fallopian tubes. That concerns me, I have to just say it.”Continue Reading on www.cbsnews.com