What happened to and what's next for failed personhood measure?
November 9th, 2011
02:15 PM ET
9 years ago

What happened to and what's next for failed personhood measure?

(CNN) - In the weeks leading up to Mississippi's vote on whether to declare a fertilized egg a person and grant it full rights, nearly everyone was saying the measure was sure to pass.

It was considered the perfect place to mount what could have been a historic challenge to abortion laws: After all, Mississippi is the most anti-abortion, religious and conservative state, according to a Gallup Poll. It was supposed to give a boost to the nationwide movement of the Colorado-based nonprofit Christian group Personhood USA, which is attempting to get the measure on the ballot in several other states.


Filed under: Abortion • Elections • Mississippi
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I hope that is the end of it. I bet you the people that support this haven't taken biology classes and can't identify a human embryo from other embryos out there of other mamales. I suggest that people read a column in November 2011 Scientic American. They shed some facts that many of these people find problematic because of the question as to when life starts. Just because an egg is fertilized, that doesn't make it into a human being. How many have planted seeds for some kind of plan and found that they didn't grow. The same thing is going on here with humans.

    November 9, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "So what exactly happened?"

    Short version: Republican over-reach and Democratic push-back. Expect more of the same in 2012.

    Long version: A corporate run media frenzy also being pushed back by those of us not willing to accept talking point punditry as gospel truth.

    November 9, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Thad

    The abortion issue is so dead and over with its a shame the rightwingers are still using this to get us off focus from jobs and why they wont raise taxes on the super rich and giving subsides to companies making billions in profits at the expense of the srinking middleclass. Who can fight the big corporation?

    November 9, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Larry L

    This was about attempts to move toward a Christian theocracy – not about biology. Christians spend half ot their time whining about their "rights" and the other half trying to trample the rights of others.

    Maybe Mississippi is something other than a collection of obese, ignorant, xenophobic, homophobic, back-woods racists. It appears they have a population willing and able to think! Good for you!

    November 9, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Bill

    Bottom line, these are issues that only matter to the 10% of the electorate that are religious zealots. It will not win elections, public opinion or support. Hopefully, these fanatics have learned something here, but I doubt it. Those clowns at the American Center for Law and Justicew were touting just Monday – "this measure is on the verge of passage". They also had their health care appeal thrown out by a federal judge yesterday, who ruled that the health care law is constitutional. And the judge who wrote the opinion was a conservative Republican. Amazing how these pepole want to legislate women's reproductive issues, but want to trash a law that helps millions obtain helath care coverage.

    November 9, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Charlie in Maine

    Hopefully the dustbin of history where it belongs.

    November 9, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    I know that good ole white boy attitude - they want their women pregnant, quiet, barefoot, cooking, cleaning, and beautiful. Bring me another beer suga - and get my fixins' on the stove.

    We need to stop those good ole boys out of womens' uterus. They have no business dictating to the independent, smart women of this century. Maybe if God were to let just one man be pregnant against his will ---

    November 9, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    It's DOA in every state the fanatics wish to bring it up. Only a complete rewrite with a lot of caveats will even come close to passage. Unfortuately, those caveats would not pass the zealots who complain about a clump of unorganized cells, but do care in the least about a real person who is poor or unemployed. In th elong run, it doesn't matter since the Supreme Court will negate it outright so what's their point?

    November 9, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Sorensen

    I guess the poor, naive people are down to "Brother Swaggert!".

    November 9, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    The phony Christian Taliban will not give up.

    November 9, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. Lando

    The people have spoken....a slap to the face and kick to the butt of extreme conservatives...

    November 9, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |