'Personhood' amendment before Mississippi court

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has asked attorneys in lawsuit over the “personhood” amendment to provide copy of an affidavit from signature gatherer Les Riley of Pontotoc in which he says he is a qualified elector.

State law requires an initiative organizer to file a copy of the proposal with the secretary of state along with an affidavit that the sponsor is a qualified elector of the state.

The Supreme Court says no such document was included in court record. The court heard arguments Monday on whether the amendment should be allowed on the Nov. 8 ballot. The proposed “personhood” constitutional amendment seeks to define life as beginning at conception.

The court gave attorneys 10 days to produce the affidavit or provide an explanation why they cannot.