Aw, darn: "Personhood" amendment falling short of required signatures to place it on ballot

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As Mississippi residents vote Tuesday on a controversial “personhood” amendment, don’t expect a similar measure going on the Florida ballot in 2012, reports the News Service of Florida. Personhood USA, a Colorado group behind the amendment that has touched off a new chapter in the battle over abortion, has collected petition signatures to try to put the issue before Florida voters. But the Times/Herald Tallahassee bureau reported that the group will fall far short of collecting the 676,811 signatures needed for November 2012. Supporters, however, hope to collect enough signatures to get on the 2014 ballot. The personhood proposal seeks to define a human being from the “moment of fertilization, cloning or the equivalent thereof.”

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