JACKSON, Mississippi- On Tuesday voters in Mississippi consulted by referendum rejected more than 55% of a proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of southeastern United States which might have triggered a national debate on the right to abortion, stating that the embryo is a person.
The initiative provided 26 to define “person” as “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent.”
“Movement of the person” behind the amendment was adopted hoped to challenge the decision Roe v. Wade in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court stated that abortion bans were unconstitutional in every state, legalizing abortion throughout the United States.
Opponents of the initiative, including doctors Obstetricians and Gynecologists, concerned about a challenge to the abortion rights but also certain methods of contraception like the morning after pill.
Voters in Mississippi were also found on two other constitutional amendments and had to choose a successor to Republican Governor Haley Barbour. The two candidates, Republican Phil Bryant, 56 and Democrat Johnny Dupree, 57, 26 supported the initiative.