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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Jennifer Mason
There will be no pro-life "personhood" initiative on the Mississippi ballot this November, state officials confirmed Wednesday, as a senior figure in the anti-abortion camp said activists had long ago abandoned the drive to revive the measure.
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a lawsuit over an Oklahoma "personhood" amendment that sought to grant state constitutional protections to human embryos starting at conception, but pro-life advocates say the issue is far from over.
The nation's only pending ballot measure to ban abortion in all circumstances has failed to advance to a vote in November in Colorado.
The Nov. 8 defeat of the "personhood" amendment in Mississippi is galvanizing supporters to have a do-over in the state and also push measures in Colorado, Virginia and at least eight other states, say leaders of the anti-abortion movement.
Ms. Mason, whose group supports and tracks grass-roots campaigns for personhood legislation, said measures were active in Ohio and Florida.
In Colorado, voters will have a chance to vote in November on a measure to clarify that in the criminal code and wrongful-death act, the words "person" and "child" include unborn human beings, she said.