Suit seeks to block Miss. 'personhood' initiative - - Jackson, MS

Suit seeks to block Miss. 'personhood' initiative

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Opponents have filed a lawsuit seeking to block a Mississippi "personhood" initiative that would define life as beginning at conception.

The proposed constitutional amendment is set to be on the November 2011 statewide ballot.

Robert McDuff of Jackson was 1 of the attorneys suing the state on behalf of 2 Lafayette County residents. The lawsuit was filed last week in Hinds County.

McDuff says if a fertilized human egg were entitled to due process, some doctors might fear being sued over fertility treatments or measures they'd take to save a woman's life after a miscarriage.

Abortion opponent Les Riley of Pontotoc led the effort to put the issue on the ballot, saying he wants all humans to have equal protection.

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