Jackson, MS – Mississippi’s top attorney has endorsed the Mississippi Personhood Amendment and announced his intention to defend the measure in court.
Attorney General Jim Hood (D, New Houlka) stated on his website:
“My position on pro-life issues have always been clear. From a personal standpoint, I have always honored the sanctity of life at every stage. As Attorney General, I have defended every pro-life bill that has been adopted by the Mississippi Legislature. I have assisted our lawmakers with pro-life legislation and will continue to do so.”
“I support the Mississippi Personhood Amendment, and if adopted, will defend it if challenged,” continued Hood.
Amendment 26 will define the terms “person” and “persons” as used in the Mississippi Constitution to “include every human being from the moment of fertilization…”
“This is the most pro-life amendment Mississippi has ever seen,” explained Keith Mason, President of Personhood USA. “Science and reason tell us that all human beings are people, and all people have the right to live. We know that Mississippi voters agree that unborn children have human rights, so we expect victory in November.”
Mississippians are set to vote on the measure on November 8th after the State Supreme Court rejected a second attempt by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU to prevent voters from seeing the amendment this November.
“Nothing in our Constitution as it exists today gives this Court the authority to review the validity of a proposal prior to its enactment, which is exactly what Plaintiffs request this Court to do,” said Justice Randy G. Pierce in the majority opinion. “This Court is without power to interfere with pre-election proposals, because to do so may place the administration of government at the footstool of the judiciary.”
Hood’s endorsement is another in a long list of prominent political supporters including GOP gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Governor Phil Bryant, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, U.S. Representatives Alan Nunnelee, Greg Harper, and Steven Palazzo.
“Amendment 26 enjoys wide bi-partisan support among the leadership and people of Mississippi,” continued Mason. “This latest endorsement demonstrates that Mississippi’s official policy will be to uphold the law and make the state a safe haven for unborn children.”