1. Reproductive Rights

    Miss. ‘Personhood’ Amendment Fails

    Christi Chandler, left, and Stacy Hawsey, both of Madison and supporters of the Personhood Amendment promote their initiative as they waver signs at drivers in the midst of last minute campaigning Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 in Madison, Miss.    The Mississippi measure that would define life as beginning at conception was given a decent chance of approval. Passage would be the first victory in the country for the so-called personhood movement, which aims to make abortion all but illegal. Similar attempts have failed in Colorado and are under way elsewhere.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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    Mississippi voters rejected Tuesday a controversial “personhood” amendment to the state constitution that would have defined life as starting at conception. The measure would have outlawed all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest, and also banned types of contraception that work after an egg is fertilized, like IUDs. Nearly 60 percent of voters rejected the bill. Conservatives, however, scored a victory elsewhere in the state, with Republican Phil Bryant cruising to victory to replace outgoing Governor Haley Barbour.

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