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Mississippi judge OKs 'personhood' issue to go to voters

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi judge has ruled that a proposed "personhood" amendment can be placed before voters in 2011. Hinds County Circuit Judge Malcolm Harrison issued the decision Tuesday.

The Mississippi ballot initiative seeks to define life as beginning at conception.

While abortion has been the central issue in the debate about the initiative, opposing sides in the lawsuit had clashed over whether the "personhood" amendment oversteps the boundaries for proposed state constitutional amendments.

Harrison, in his decision, said the initiative received more than the required amount of signatures to be placed on the ballot "and the constitution recognizes the right of citizens to amend their constitution."

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