November 15, 2011 1:22 AM

Commentary: On 'personhood' and abortion

Moral clarity is one of the most seductive traits of social conservatism. So last week’s election result in Mississippi comes as a seismic shock. By a significant margin — 58 to 42 percent — voters rejected an anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution defining the fertilized human egg as a person, with all the rights and protections attendant thereto.

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