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Mississippi amendment would outlaw abortion

(WMC-TV) - Voters in Mississippi will face a tough decision on November 8, after the Mississippi Supreme Court decided to place Amendment 26 on the 2011 general election ballot.

Tuesday, Les Riley with Personhood Mississippi - the group running the campaign to pass the amendment - said Amendment 26 would criminalize abortions, with no exceptions, by giving rights to fetuses.

"God has determined and science has confirmed that a person is a person no matter how small," Riley said Tuesday

According to the Amendment, "the term 'person' or 'persons' shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof."

While the new amendment comes on the heels of a report that shows teen pregnancy is a major problem in Mississippi, it has had it's share of controversy among some residents who are opposed to the proposal.

Critics say it would put the government in charge of important life decisions.  

"I don't think the government should have a right to tell you what to do with anything," Andrea Booker said.

In addition to banning abortion, some argue the personhood amendment would also make certain birth control pills, in-vitro fertilization, and the morning after pill for rape victims a crime.

"By passing this amendment, we don't take life away from a woman," Riley said. "We don't say she's not human or the doctor doesn't have input. What we're saying is every human being in the situation has to be considered."

If Mississippi voters approve Amendment 26, all human beings would be ensured equal rights in the state, and protection under law regardless of their size or developmental stage.

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