Drive grows for states to recognize ‘personhood’

Pro-life strategy seen as hit on Roe v. Wade

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“Plaintiffs carry a heavy burden in attempting to restrict the citizenry’s right to amend the Constitution,” wrote Judge Harrison, noting that Personhood Mississippi had gathered more than enough signatures to get its measure on the ballot.

The “Constitution recognizes the right of citizens to amend their Constitution. The Court finds plaintiffs have not met their burden,” Judge Harrison wrote.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who approved the measure for the ballot, is a defendant in the case.

Pro-life leaders say Measure 26 will pass if it gets to the voters: “We are finding a tremendous amount of support from all walks of life. … Any poll you take, the majority of Mississippians in every group are overwhelmingly pro-life,” Mr. Riley said.

Mississippi “is not Colorado,” said Mr. Becker, referring to the state where voters have twice rejected personhood bills. “Mississippi will be the launchpad … a paradigm shift in the way we approach pro-life strategy,” he said.

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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...

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