JACKSON, Miss.--Undeterred by the failure of a "personhood amendment" in 2011, pro-life activists Tuesday filed paperwork with the secretary of state's office seeking to have a newly-worded Constitutional amendment put on the ballot.
Personhood Mississippi held a teleconference Tuesday talking about the new amendment and the differences between it and the first one, which failed exxentially with 60 percent of Mississippi voters against it. The blame was put on the wording then, and that's why they believe new wording will make the difference.
"The right to life begins at conception," says the measure. "All human beings at every stage of development are unique, created in the image of God and shall enjoy the inalienable right to life as persons under the law."
The measure, which may be on the ballot in 2015, also has a new sponsor, Anne Reed, who had an abortion in Mississippi when she was 17. She spoke on the teleconference.
"I wonder how things would have been different had someone been outside that abortion clinic that day, confronting me with the ugly truth," she said, speaking about the presence of pro-lifers outside Mississippi's only remaining abortion clinic, the Jackson Women's Health Organization.
The new amendment proposal is one of a couple of measures that stand to end legal abortion in the state, despite the U.S. Supreme Court's assertion that a woman cannot be denied a legal abortion.
A hearing is set for April 18 on the licensure of the clinic. It's owners are in violation of a new law that says the doctors performing abortions in the state must have admitting privileges and must be board-certified OB-GYNs.