Miss. Governor: Life-At-Fertilization Prop `ambiguous'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi's Republican governor, Haley
Barbour, says the life-at-fertilization initiative on next Tuesday's state ballot is "ambiguous" and he's not sure whether he'll vote for or against it.

Initiative 26 seeks to amend the state constitution to declare that life begins when a human egg is fertilized.

Barbour said he opposes abortion but thinks the initiative could
have unintended consequences if it passes. For example, he said
it's unclear whether the measure would hamper in vitro fertilization or limit medical treatment for women with ectopic pregnancies.

The initiative is backed by a Colorado-based group, Personhood USA, which is seeking to put similar life-at-fertilization measures
on ballots in 2012 in Florida, Montana, Ohio and Oregon.

Barbour says there are "right-to-life organizations, the Roman Catholic church, the bishops" who have expressed concern and even
opposition to the initiative.

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


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