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Medical Nuances Drove ‘No’ Vote in Mississippi

New York Times,  Nov 14, 2011

Atlee Breland, who proudly identifies herself as a Christian, native Mississippian and mother of three, might seem just the kind of voter who would back an anti-abortion amendment to the Mississippi state Constitution that would have declared fertilized eggs to be “persons.” But she had needed fertility treatments to conceive her twin daughters, who are now 5, and she saw the amendment as likely to restrict in vitro fertilization and threaten the ability of women like her to have children. The amendment was rejected by 58 percent of voters in staunchly anti-abortion Mississippi, largely on fears like Breland’s that hinged on subtleties of medical science.

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