'Personhood' before Mississippi court

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday from attorneys for plaintiffs hoping to get the "personhood" amendment off the November ballot.

A Hinds County judge ruled last fall that the proposed "personhood" constitutional amendment seeking to define life as beginning at conception could be placed before voters in November.

Opponents have argued that the initiative process can't be used to change the state constitution's bill of rights. They said the amendment would change the bill of rights by reshaping the definition of the term "person," which is not specifically defined now.

Supporters say "no right is tinkered with" under the proposed amendment and that the amendment "merely supplies a definition" of personhood.

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