Miss. voters reject controversial anti-abortion measure
JACKSON, Miss. (KABC) -- Mississippi voters rejected a controversial anti-abortion measure that declared life begins at conception.
Pro-choice supporters are praising the vote, saying the measure went too far.
If passed, the so-called "personhood" proposal would have made common forms of birth control illegal and forced women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.
The initiative was rejected by more than 55 percent of Mississippi voters, falling far short of the threshold needed for it to be enacted.
Supporters of the measure said they were trying to create a legal challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a legal right to abortion.
They're hoping to get similar measures on the ballots of several states, including California, next year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
pregnancy, national news
- Deputies allegedly planted guns in pot clinic
- $20K reward offered in unsolved Compton murder
- Man found dead outside fumigated OC house
- Flasher strikes UC Riverside, community college
- Man killed in South Los Angeles hit-and-run
- Claremont sexual predator charged with felonies
- Suspicious bag found on the tarmac at LAX
- Trailer spills rocks on westbound 10 Freeway
- Victory for mom who sued TSA over breast milk
- Murder suspect worried tattoo might hurt case
- abcnews: Navy officer reunited with wife, daughters
- Object found in Australia likely not from jet
- 4 Hollywood execs deny sexual abuse claims
- OTRC: Laura Prepon reacts to Tom Cruise rumors