Miss. Baptists Are Urged To Vote For Life-at-fertilization Initiative

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi's largest religious denomination is urging voters to approve an initiative on today's ballot that would make "every human being from the moment of fertilization" a "person" under state law.

The Rev. Jimmy Porter, who heads the Mississippi Baptist Convention's Christian Action Commission, says the personhood amendment reflects the biblical view of life in the womb.

Opponents say the measure would ban not only abortion, but some
forms of birth control as well.

Bishop Joseph Latino says the Diocese of Jackson, Miss., neither
supports nor opposes the personhood amendment, but is allowing
Catholics to vote their conscience. Latino says he's concerned that
the measure could have unintended consequences.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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