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Barbour “Concerned” About Initiative 26

Robin Marty

The Mississippi governor has not decided whether or not he will vote for the amendment that would give rights to fertilized eggs.

See all our coverage of Mississippi Initiative (Prop) 26 here.

Both candidates for governor of the state of Mississippi — one Democrat and one Republican, say they are very much in favor of the new amendment that would make fertilized eggs have the same rights as people.

One person not so sure?  The current governor himself, Republican Haley Barbour.

Via CBS News:

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“I’m somebody that believes life begins at conception, that’s one of the reasons I’m pro-life,” Barbour said Wednesday on Fox News. “But a lot of pro-life people have problems with this particular language… There’s concern this is ambiguous, even in an enormously pro-life state like mine, there is some concern about this.”

Later on MSNBC, Barbour added, “I am concerned about some of the ramifications on in vitro fertilization, ectopic pregnancies where pregnancies [occur] outside the uterus and in the fallopian tubes. That concerns me, I have to just say it.”

Is it possible that the message that this is more than just an attempt to ban abortion, and that the amendment goes way too far, is finally making it to the general public?

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