Pine Belt senator proposes anti-abortion amendment

Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi senator is proposing an anti-abortion constitutional amendment that's similar to one rejected by voters last November.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 555, by Republican Joey Fillingane of Sumrall, says it would be the policy of Mississippi to "protect the life of every unborn child from conception to birth, to the extent permitted by the federal Constitution."

The "personhood" amendment that was rejected by 58% of Mississippi voters last year would have defined life as beginning at fertilization. Opponents worried it would restrict in-vitro fertilization or endanger women with ectopic pregnancies.

Fillingane tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that he doesn't expect his amendment to even get on the ballot this fall. He says he filed it as a place-holder, in case some lawmakers want to move forward with it.

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