Mississippi voters on Tuesday rejected an amendment to the state constitution aimed at outlawing abortion, a setback for abortion opponents seeking to overturn the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.
With 85 percent of the precincts reporting, 58 percent of voters had voted against the measure and 42 percent had voted for it, according to the Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital.
Had the so-called “personhood amendment” passed, Mississippi would have been the first U.S. state to define a fertilized egg as a legal person. The measure would have banned abortion without exceptions for rape or incest victims. It also would have outlawed some types of birth control and infertility methods resulting in the loss of embryos.
In a year that has seen a number of states approve abortion restrictions, the Mississippi defeat is a blow to those pushing to get the issue on more state ballots next year.