Overheard on CNN.com: 'Life at conception' amendment is backwards
Mississippi votes on a "personhood" initiative this year. Similar measures in other states have been soundly defeated.
November 4th, 2011
06:07 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: 'Life at conception' amendment is backwards

Comments of the Day:

"Why is it that everywhere I turn the religious people are trying to destroy civil rights in this country?"–shockerwhoa3

"GOP legislating morality again, I thought they were for small government?"–TheMFTruth

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he decided life does begin with conception, an issue Mississippi voters will vote on this Tuesday. Most CNN.com readers said the state amendment to define when life begins was regressive and poorly thought out.

Mississippi voting on amendment to declare fertilized egg a person

Norps asked, "What right have the voters to decide such a question? Most of them are uninformed on the medical or scientific facts and are voting by their gut feelings: completely inappropriate to put such a question to the voters."

new2wi said, "This type of primitive thinking is not surprising; after all Mississippi public schools rank 50th in the nation."

discofever21 said, "This is a philosophical question as much as it is a question of science or religion. It needs continued debate so I applaud the measure on its merits at least. I personally go back and forth on the issue." CedarRapids replied, "I'm not sure making state constitutional amendments based on philosophical questions is a great idea."

rfulle12 said, "And so it begins. The attack on Roe v. Wade will be a big issue this coming election. The conservative right does not look too different than the mullahs in Iran. They want to control every aspect of our lives based on their view of religion. Scary stuff indeed!"

Capercorn said, "I'm a Roman Catholic. However, it only takes a trip to your nearest closet to be reminded that coat hangers exist. And everyone and their grandma agrees that those are bad. This is one of those many instances where something looks like it works on paper, but in practice, works horribly."

soporifix said, "It's easier dealing with stupid stuff like this than any actual problems. That's why Republicans love abortion."

MOrsini said, "We can assume that the state will take care of all the unwanted children then, meaning taxpayers will pay for each and every single one of them that is given up for adoption yet does not end up adopted ... talk about poorly thought-out propositions."

NuttinWrong said, "If people don't want kids, they don't have to have them. I'd rather hear about 2,000 abortions than 2,000 unwanted children."

MET100 said, "When men start having babies, as in being pregnant, it would be an appropriate discussion as to 'Choice.' Until then this is a woman's decision and the state has no right to interfere."

waldenu08 asked, "So does this mean that 1) child support begins at conception, and 2) corporations are NOT persons in Mississippi?"

toth88 asked, "When does America get to vote on whether Mississippi is a state?"

Put the elderly on ice?

At what point do we surrender to death, asks 83-year old sociologist and CNN.com columnist Amitai Etzioni. Regardless of age, "we should learn to accept death more readily' and "stop aggressive interventions when there is little hope," he writes. Many CNN.com readers said they wanted to be able to exit gracefully.

MindFire07 said, "I want to die on my own terms. I refuse to be forced into confinement in a bed with a useless, broken body until I finally expire.If I ever find out that I'm on Death's short list, then I'll ask him to put me on the VIP list. No need to spend resources on sustaining whatever's left of my time. Spend it on those who need it, those who need just a jump start to be productive."

LBColorado said, "For me, personally, I do not want my family to endure my pain. Therefore, if a machine is keeping me alive, unplug it. The percentages are not in my favor and I am OK to 'Let go and Let God.' "

Christie said, "Quality of life, not age, should be the # 1 criteria. What is the point in living if you are unable to enjoy the simplest things? We should all be able to say enough is enough and be allowed to go off into the sunset in peace."

AngryDeuce said, "I watched all four of my grandparents suffer and die as they were ravaged by terminal cancer. After going through that, I made a decision: I refuse to suffer needlessly. When there's no hope left for me, I plan to leave this world on my own terms, regardless of what the current legal status of euthanasia is."

But rickygf said, "There's no such thing as dying gracefully. I'm terminally ill and want every minute. I do have good health care, thanks to the VA."

COULROPHILE asked, "Can someone please explain to me why people in their 60s are getting organ transplants?" Guest said, "Try asking this again when you're 60 and lying in a hospital bed with only 6 months to live and you need a transplant. Once you experience that you will have your answer."

handshake said, " 'Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die to get there' is an old saying."

seallover said, "I plan to live to 150 because I have a lot of work to do and intend to do it to benefit my fellow man. I don't care if I have to wear a Darth Vader suit to stay alive, I damn well better be compensated by my Medicare."

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (279 Responses)
  1. . No, you are butt ugly and you know it

    And I'm a chickenhawk and I know it.

    November 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. banasy©

    ^ ^
    Ugly.

    @philip:
    As you well know, there is more than one Donna Banas in existence.
    Paul has a cousin named Donna, for example.
    I'm glad you think I'm physically ugly.
    I'd much rather be physically ugly than mentally ugly, which is you.
    Your very heart and soul is ugly.
    None of your good works mean squat, because you are ugly inside.
    I pity you.
    Have a nice life.
    Loser.

    November 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. banasy©

    Soooo, you became a member of 'In The 00's' just so you could research me?
    You don't think there's anything rather strange about that?
    Creepy, even?

    November 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ¤.¤

    I couldn't get the link you posted to work, Phil. Are you sure you posted it correctly? I want to read banasy's dirty deeds. Hahahahahaha!

    November 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ¤.¤

    I've read many of your comments, and you don't like women at all, don't lie. Other comments put me to slzzzzzzzzzzzzzZz. You are one messed up dude. Get some help. Don't do it on your own it's not working.

    November 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. ¤.¤

    Nope, I can see by reading everything that your not playing with a full deck, dude. Take your foil hat off and let the real world in.

    November 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. banasy©

    Philip:
    I really want you to comprehend something:

    I have a very high moral compass. You may not think so, but that doesn't matter. I do.
    The pool party thing and the party in my panties thing comes from a show called 'mad tv'. There was a character named dixie something, and that is where those references come from.
    I don't expect you to know this; you've never owned a tv.

    I have never done a thing in my life that I've been afraid to admit I've done.
    I have never cheated on my husband.
    I have never hurt my children.
    I don't know where you get your notions at, but they're not true.
    I notice that you got really angry when I mentioned Leah; why do you think it's all right for *you* to spread falsehoods about *my* kids?
    Why are *my* kids fair game?

    If you want to keep posting things about me, go ahead.
    I am not, and never have been, afraid of you and your little mind games; simply because I haven't done anything wrong, except in your mind.
    Think what you want; it doesn't concern me.
    Keep bringing up my kids and grand kid, and I'll keep slinging the same kind of "observations" you are so famous for.
    Keep calling me hag. I dig it. And I'll keep calling you assorted names because I dig that, too.
    Now, leave me and mine alone.
    I don't reciprocate your love, I never will.
    Friendship with you comes at too high a price; I'm not willing to bleed your *your* wounds.

    November 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. tif31

    ?

    November 7, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. dblake

    Does CNN censor posts. Tell me it is not so. I

    November 7, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. banasy©

    I knew you wouldn't answer my posts, Philip.
    It's so much easier to live in a buuble of hypocrisy, isn't it?

    November 7, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Micheal Fitzpatirck

    So, if the woman mis-carries could she potentially be prosecuted for anything/everything she did or didn't do during the pregnancy?

    November 7, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
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