Mississippi Voters Can Decide 'Personhood'; Pro-Lifers to Get Question on Ballot
Byline: Cheryl Wetzstein, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
A traditional-values group is jubilant at the renewed likelihood that Mississippi voters - among the most pro-life in the nation - will have a personhood measure on their 2011 ballots.
We believe if the voters of Mississippi get the chance to decide this issue at the ballot box, instead of having activist judges decide it for them, they are going to choose life, Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association (AFA), said Wednesday, a day after a circuit court judge cleared the way for Measure 26, the Mississippi personhood amendment, to be on the 2011 ballot.
The road that will lead to overturning Roe v. Wade is going to run right through the state of Mississippi, Mr. Wildmon said, referring to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.
Measure 26 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to say that the term 'person' or 'persons' shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.
The lawsuit against Measure 26 is far from over.
Despite the disappointing ruling, we remain confident that our legal position is correct and Measure 26 is unconstitutional, said lawyer Cliff Johnson, who is representing the plaintiffs, Deborah Hughes and Cristen Hemmins.
We have known from the beginning of this litigation that the Mississippi Supreme Court would have the final say in this matter, and we will appeal Judge [Malcolm] Harrison's ruling and present our arguments to the Supreme Court in the very near future, added Mr. Johnson, whose allies in the case include lawyer Rob McDuff, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
On Tuesday, Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Malcolm Harrison denied the plaintiffs' request to declare Measure 26 unconstitutional and strip it from the 2011 ballot. …