Voters in Mississippi will weigh in tomorrow on a proposed “Personhood” amendment, which would not only criminalize all abortions, but would also likely ban several types of birth control, in-vitro fertilization, stem-cell research, and treatment of ectopic pregnancies.
Will it be approved? Laura Conaway reports this morning on the latest polling, which, despite the state’s right-wing politics, shows the outcome on Initiative 26 could easily go either way.
I’m not sure if this will help or hurt, but it’s also worth noting that Les Riley, the extremist head of Personhood Mississippi, said he hopes the referendum will lead voters to convert to Christianity.
And what do Republicans on the national stage think about this effort? The answer isn’t as clear as it should be.
Mitt Romney, meanwhile, true to form, can’t seem to make up his mind. He was recently asked on Fox News whether he would support a similar “personhood” measure and he replied, “Absolutely.” But when the co-founder of a group supporting the Mississippi’s initiative reached out to the Republican frontrunner, the campaign wouldn’t commit. “We always seem to get two stories from Romney,” the activist said.
The DNC is eager to connect Romney to the radical Mississippi proposal, and released this video the other day:
If campaign reporters would at least try to get a straight answer from Romney about this, it would offer some much-needed insights on an issue that matters.