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Life at Fertilization Issue Concerns Mississippi Governor
Gov. Haley Barbour has expressed concerns over the ballot initiative that seeks to define a "person" in state law, and he's not sure how he will vote on Initiative 26 — the "Personhood Amendment" on Tuesday.
The governor said he worries the ballot initiative could have unintended effects on families that rely on in vitro fertilization or women who suffer life-threatening ectopic pregnancies. Barbour, an anti-abortion Republican, addressed the "personhood" initiative for the first time on Wednesday — first on national TV and then again following his address at the Mississippi Economic Council's annual Hobnob in Jackson.
"Some very strongly pro-life people have raised questions about the ambiguity and about the actual consequences — whether there are unforeseen consequences," Barbour said. "They give me some pause."