Planned Parenthood, ACLU Bid to Stop Pro-Life Measure Defeated

quicktakeThis week the Mississippi Supreme Court put the brakes on Planned Parenthood and the ACLU’s bid to stop a pro-life law in the state from taking its place on the ballot for a vote this November.

The law, known as the Personhood Amendment, is three sentences that, if passed, would have a dramatic impact on abortion law. The amendment reads as follows:

Unalienable right to life of every prenatal person is protected. The intentional taking of a prenatal person’s life shall never be allowed in this State. For the purpose of this section only, the term ‘prenatal person’ includes every human being at all stages of biological development before birth.

Planned Parenthood and the ACLU tried to argue to the Mississippi Supreme Court that the measure would redefine “person” in the Mississippi constitution, but the court responded that the constitution currently carries no definition of “person,” so the amendment couldn’t possibly redefine a term currently undefined.

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