Jackson, MS — Personhood USA has discovered that outgoing Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour received campaign contributions from the makers of the abortion pill. Barbour told interviewers yesterday on both Fox News and MSNBC that he has concerns about Mississippi’s Personhood Amendment 26 and that he was unsure as to how he was going to vote on the measure.
“Personhood USA was surprised at Barbour’s comments. Was he influenced by misinformation? Or donations from abortion pill makers?” considered Keith Mason, President of Personhood USA. “Amendment 26 is one of the most supported pro-life measures in the history of the country. Nearly every politician in the state, both Republican and Democrat, has endorsed it. The lengthy list of endorsements includes gubernatorial candidate Phil Bryant, and his Democratic opponent, as well as both candidates for Attorney General, and dozens of others.”
Receipts from Barbour’s 2007 gubernatorial campaign list a $5000 contribution from Pfizer PAC and a $1000 contribution from Pfizer, Inc. The pharmaceutical company is the manufacturer of Misoprostol tablets, one of the two pills taken to kill preborn human beings in the “abortion pill method.”
“Pfizer stands to lose money in sales of Misoprostol tablets for ‘abortion pill method’ abortions—especially when you consider that Mississippi is just the first in a growing and thriving movement to protect the lives of every person, born and preborn,” explained Mason.
Barbour was quoted in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger saying, “I believe life begins at conception. Unfortunately, this personhood amendment doesn’t say that.”
In fact, the Yes on 26 campaign believes that Barbour must not understand the amendment. The measure does read that “the term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.”
Like every pro-lifer, the “Father of Modern Genetics,” Dr. Jerome Lejeune, used the terms interchangeably: “After fertilization has taken place a new human being has come into being. It is no longer a matter of taste or opinion…it is plain experimental evidence. Each individual has a very neat beginning, at conception.”
“Conception is fertilization,” Mason continued. “It is the union of the sperm and egg to form a new, living, and unique human being. Barbour’s words seem to indicate some confusion. Once he is informed that the amendment does agree that life begins at conception, I believe he will join the majority of the state of Mississippi in voting ‘YES!’ for life.”
View records: http://www.sos.state.ms.us/PDF-Out/000000043920.pdf