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The Devil Went Down To ... Mississippi?

November 8, 2011

Mississippi Initiative 26, which would amend the state constitution to expand the definition of the word "person" to the moment of fertilization, goes to a vote today. While it has the support of both gubernatorial nominees, Republican Lt. Gov Phil Bryant's pitch is notably urgent. The Tupelo Daily Journal:

Bryant said Monday that "Satan wins" if voters reject Initiative 26 that defines personhood at fertilization.

"This is a battle of good and evil of Biblical proportions," the Republican gubernatorial nominee told a pro-26 rally attended by about 30 supporters at Tupelo City Hall.

Bryant is heavily favored to win the governor's race, which explains why he had to the time on his final day on the trail to stump for Initiative 26. If the measure passes, it will set off a much larger national debate over abortion; social conservatives see the measure as the vehicle they can use to take a Roe v. Wade challenge to the Supreme Court.

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