Despite the sound defeat of its ballot initiative last November, Mississippi ‘Fetal Personhood’ proponents are now reviving their efforts to outlaw abortions.
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Personhood Florida received a major endorsement this week from the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins. The announcement is significant for the Florida affiliate of Personhood USA, which wants to place a “fetal personhood” amendment on the Sunshine State’s 2014 ballot.
Last week, Georgia Sen. Barry Loudermilk (a Republican) and Rep. Rick Crawford (a Democrat) announced plans to introduce so-called “personhood” amendments to the Georgia constitution during the state’s upcoming general assembly. Like a similar amendment that recently failed in Mississippi, both of the Georgia amendments would grant full individual rights to fertilized eggs.
A group that fights anti-Semitism has denounced a film popular among anti-abortion activists linking abortion to the Holocaust. The Anti-Defamation League calls the film “cynical” and “perverse.”
Personhood USA, the group behind ballot initiatives that aim to define life as beginning at the moment of conception, has unveiled a new video, comparing its efforts to ban abortion to the civil rights movement.
Bryan Longworth, the head of Personhood Florida, says he is undeterred from his goal of placing a “fetal personhood” amendment on Florida ballots, despite the sound rejection of a similar initiative in Mississippi yesterday.
Nearly 60 percent of Mississippi voters yesterday defeated the state’s controversial “fetal personhood” amendment, an initiative that would have defined life as beginning at the moment of conception. Though support for Amendment 26 was much stronger than in other states with similar personhood bills, concerns over the potential consequences of the bill trumped support in the end.
Speaking on Meet the Press on Sunday, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman became the first potential GOP presidential nominee to publicly express concerns with the “fetal personhood” amendment that appears on Mississippi’s ballot today.