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. justathought

    Immorility is irrisponsibility. The govrnment allows certain immoral actions, but just because there is no law against certain immoral practices does not eleminate the immorality, each person is responsiable for his/her own actions. So by saying: "it is my own bussiness." does not make it any less immoral. By the way, Dot, it may be you body and you egg, but if it has been "fertelized" it is not just is no longer an egg, but an embryo: defined as:a vertebrate at any stage of development prior to birth or hatching. –Webster's Dictionary.

    November 6, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    @Banasy-Stop straining out gnats and swallowing camel. Stop pretending to be perfect while we are struggling inside.
    There are many different versions. Ask him if this is what he meant?

    November 6, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @mama:
    Are you telling *me* to stop pretending to be perfect, or if that's what *he* meant?
    His explanation one time was that it was picking out a small detail to focus on, (gnat) while ignoring the camel, (I think that what he said; anyway)

    November 6, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    In any case, I *am* perfect.
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    [/sarcasm]

    November 6, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    No just trying to help. If that is what he said then he is saying don't focus on a small detail he speaks about while not looking at the big picture? There are 100's of interpretations. Helllllll I don't know. You two go at it pretty good. I think he enjoys your company. It is just Phil. I really think he likes the back and forth with you.

    November 6, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Phew! I thought maybe I came across to you as thinking I was perfect.
    Oh hell noes I'm not perfect!
    Who knows what he thinks; I don't give a sh!t what he thinks about me, at least.
    Such is life.

    November 6, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    Notice everyone else that gives him shyte, he really does not care, he replies to you. I think he likes the back and forth. He is probably watching to see what you say right now. Right Phil?

    November 6, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    I think he holds you to a higher standard than the rest of us and you are a woman. I think that is a strike against you.

    November 6, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    Good night Banasy. Good night Philip?

    November 6, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Yeah, raven has said that to me too.

    I really think he has nothing but contempt for me, but that's ok.
    Like that'll stop me from stating my opinions...he thinks that trying to portray me as a promiscuous druggie is going to shut me up.
    It's amusing.
    Ah, who cares?

    November 6, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Nah, he dislikes me. Probably because I *am* a woman.
    Good night, Mama.
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    banasy© out.

    November 6, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Scottish Mama

    No I think it is high regard for Philip.

    November 6, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Scottish Mama

    Night Banasy.

    November 6, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I'm up, full of coffee, and on my way to another city.
    Yesterday, a religious woman posted here that in vitro fertilization should not occur.
    If she had her way, I would not be here: I came from a young doctor's donated sperm. The artistic and spiritual experiences that I will provide for about 2,500 people today would not be possible.
    I cannot think of myself as a product of "sin," and I cannot think of the woman who posted that as a good human being.

    November 6, 2011 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. cigarman

    People, People, Remember that Republicans believe that Corporations are People also, so therefore the Egg is a shue-in.

    November 6, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
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