In a very controversial decision this month, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that Mississippi voters had the right to vote on a ballot measure that defines “personhood” from the moment of fertilization. The issue was presented to the Court upon the ACLU and Planned Parenthood attorneys filing a lawsuit against the Mississippi Secretary of State in July, seeking to disallow Mississippi voters from voting on the Mississippi Personhood Amendment. In its decision, the Court stated “Just as this Court cannot prohibit legislators from offering proposals in the House or Senate, this Court cannot impede voters from submitting proposals through the voter initiative process.” If passed and upheld, the measure could potentially make abortions, some methods of birth control, In Vitro fertilization, and stem cell research illegal in Mississippi.
With this decision from the Mississippi Supreme Court, Measure 26 will bypass the state legislature allowing Mississippi residents to possibly redefine the term “person.” Upon passing, Measure 26 changes the Mississippi’s Bill of Rights to include “all human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.”
The ballot vote is scheduled for November 8th, so I encourage you to exercise your rights and vote. Continue to check back with our newly revamped Hattiesburg and Purvis MS Lawyer’s Blog for more information about Measure 26, and to receive more legal news and information on Mississippi Law.
So what are your thoughts on measure 26? Should Mississippi outlaw abortions? What about in vitro fertilization? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.
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