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Barbour not so sure on Personhood. Also, Mississippi still in the United States

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour says he's not sure how he'll vote on the state's Personhood Amendment next week.

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour says he's not sure how he'll vote on the state's Personhood Amendment next week. Verbate by way of Think Progress:

BARBOUR: I believe life begins at conception. Unfortunately, this personhood amendment doesn't say that. It says life begins at fertilization, or cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof. That ambiguity is striking a lot of pro-life people here as concerning. And I'm talking about people that are very, outspokenly pro-life. [...]CHUCK TODD: How are you voting on it?BARBOUR: Really I haven't decided. If you would have asked me when this was first proposed, I would've said A, the legislature would've passed it 100 to 1. And B, I believe life begins at conception and therefore I would be for it. I am concerned about some of the ramifications on in vitro fertilization and [ectopic] pregnancies where pregnancies [occur] outside the uterus and [in] the fallopian tubes. That concerns me, I have to just say it.

Think Progress notes that there's a difference between fertilization and conception, and that fertilization can be defined several ways.

It's worth noting, too, that Governor Barbour is term-limited out. The odds-on favorite to replace him, Republican Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant, is co-chair of the campaign to pass the Personhood Amendment. The Democrat running for governor, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, also backs the amendment.

Adding: Rachel points out Governor Barbour's remarks on Fox, below, where he said that he wished the anti-abortion crowd had just asked the state legislature to declare that life begins at conception. And then he was asked if federal law allows a state to ban abortions as the Personhood Amendment would. Governor Barbour:

It does not overrule Roe vs. Wade. We are subject to the Pre-emption Clause of the U.S. Constitution, the Supremacy Clause, that federal law is superior here. The proponents, I think, are hoping that this will be a bridge to a Supreme Court case. But frankly, some of the opponents are afraid of that because they think this is not going to be a winning case, that they can get a better case than this.

He's right about what the Personhood campaign wants -- check out their post on getting a case to the Supreme Court.