The Mississippi Personhood Amendment has turned in 130,000 signatures and made it onto the ballot. The Constitutional Amendment process in Mississippi is one of the most difficult in the nation. The initiative will be on the ballot in 2011.
Les Riley, the organizer of the campaign to get the personhood amendment on the ballot in Mississippi, has been Chairman of the Constitution Party of Mississippi since 1998 and the Candidate for Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture in 2007, a race in which he carried 7% and nearly 50,000 votes. One of the other organizers of the campaign was Cal Zastrow, the former National Field Coordinator for the national Constitution Party who later left the party over abortion issues and has since formed Personhood USA, one of the largest organizations advancing the idea of pro-life personhood initiatives.
The text of the amendment is as follows:
Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Mississippi: SECTION 1. Article III of the constitution of the state of Mississippi is hearby amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION TO READ: Section 33. Person defined. As used in this Article III of the state constitution, “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.” This initiative shall not require any additional revenue for implementation.