Abortion opponents in Miss. clear petition bar

JACKSON, Miss. — Abortion opponents have enough signatures to put an anti-abortion proposal on next year’s ballot, making Mississippi the second state in the nation where the initiative has reached that point.
In 2011, voters will be asked to support a ballot initiative that would give unborn fetuses human rights in the state constitution. A similar proposal goes before Colorado voters this fall.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Thursday the petitioners got more than the minimum 89,285 signatures required to get the initiative before voters.
Hosemann said he was pleased to make the announcement.
The grassroots effort had the support of Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who recorded a telephone message that was sent to thousands of Mississippians urging them to sign the petition.

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AP
4/2/10