Elections | Initiatives - 24 Assisted Suicide and Abortion


SPONSOR: M. Keith Rogers, Post Office Box 8240, Biloxi, MS 39535

SUBJECT MATTER: Assisted Suicide and Abortion

BALLOT TITLE: Should the Mississippi Constitution be amended to adopt legal standards defining and protecting human life as provided in Initiative #24?

BALLOT SUMMARY: Initiative 24 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to require legal recognition that human life begins and is protected at the moment of fertilization and to forbid taking the life of a person by aiding a suicide attempt or by depriving an unborn person of life. “Person” would be defined (without regard for conditions such as race, sex, age health, function or dependency) to include all stages of biological development from fertilization to natural death   

EXPIRATION DATE: December 22, 2009

STATUS: Expired

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Petition instructions

MS Peoples Initiative 24 Petition

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Initiative Information

The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.  Initiative measures are valid for one year.  During this one-year period, a petition may be circulated to place the measure on the next statewide general election ballot to allow the voters of Mississippi to determine whether the measure should become a part of the Mississippi Constitution.  According to Mississippi law, for an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 89,285 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 17,857 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000.  This required number of signatures represents twelve percent (12%) of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election.  Signatures must be certified by county circuit clerks as belonging to registered voters in Mississippi.  A completed petition should be filed with Secretary of State, together with a filing fee of $500.00.

For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273, and Mississippi Code Annotated §§ 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).