Miss. judge hears arguments on 'personhood' issue

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Attorneys on both sides are scheduled to make arguments Thursday in a lawsuit that challenges a proposed “personhood” amendment to the Mississippi Constitution, which would define life as beginning at conception.

Petitioners have gathered enough signatures to put the amendment on the November 2011 statewide ballot.

Opponents say initiatives cannot be used to rewrite the state Bill of Rights, and they believe the personhood amendment would do just that.

The challenge to the amendment is one of several items on the docket Thursday for Hinds County Circuit Judge Malcolm Harrison. He is not expected to issue a same-day ruling.