Jackson, MS – The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Initiative Measure 26, otherwise known as the Personhood Amendment, and will allow this historic issue to appear on the ballot on November 8. The Court denied a challenge to the constitutionality of the Amendment brought by the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Steve Crampton, General Counsel of Liberty Counsel, presented argument at the Mississippi Supreme Court on behalf of the Personhood Amendment.
If passed, the law would amend the Mississippi Constitution to include an unborn child in Mississippi as a “person” and thus protected under the Constitution. Liberty Counsel represents Personhood Mississippi and expects that this Amendment could ultimately go to the United States Supreme Court and overturn Roe v. Wade, making abortion illegal nationwide.
The Court ruled 7-2 that it “cannot impede voters from submitting proposals through the voter initiative process.” The ACLU had argued that the Personhood Amendment impermissibly modifies a portion of the state Constitution’s Bill of Rights by defining the terms “person or persons.” But the Court noted that “those terms have never been defined. Therefore, Measure 26 cannot modify a definition that does not now exist.”
Crampton commented on the ruling: “We are obviously very pleased with the Court’s decision to let the people vote on this fundamental issue. Although our opponents were beaten in this lawsuit, we know that they will not stop in their desperate attempts to deny the obvious truth that life begins at conception and that every life deserves to be protected in the law. Not only Mississippians, but all Americans, should support this commonsense Amendment.”