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. banasy©

    Mmmmm: Exactly! Men shouldn't try to legislate what they can never experience.

    November 4, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    what next...life begains when a person has nasty thoughts??

    November 4, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio ) "Right Wing Insanity"

    "A fertilized egg voting to declare Mississippi a state."

    November 5, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Hey, s kel.
    Hey, Jeff Frank.

    Lmao @ both of your comments...

    The gubment needs to keep out of women's uterus'...and keep their hands to themselves...

    November 5, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. dr.RUFFNUTT


    November 5, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. leeintulsa

    I was gonna say something witty and deep. Then i realized that freedom dictates that this is none of my business. Freedom sucks sometimes...

    November 5, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. leeintulsa

    And i am sick of you women squawking about how it's a man's world and you're all vestigal virgins held it's victims. This *is* a free world. At least, in this country. You can do what you want..

    What are you waiting for?

    I can't help i was born on the winning team. I do nothing to hold you back.. I encourage women everywhere to stand up and be counted. My daughter is one of y'all..

    November 5, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mirosal

    If this law is passed, I think it will be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, if the ACLU or other organizations take issue with it. The Court declared that it is the woman's right to have or not have one. Men (like me) have NO say in her saying yes or no. All we can do is support HER choice. The state cannot trump Const.itutional law.

    November 5, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Disturbed Fem

    Any fool knows that distressed women should decide when life begins. Who are these elected officials to tell us pregnant 18 year olds? This is a moral outrage! Free the fetus! Power to the coathanger!

    November 5, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Disturbed Fem

    Mom? I'm pregnant again. Can I borrow 300 dollars?

    November 5, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. Holy Molly

    And the lord said Let there be life after 28 weeks. Amen.

    November 5, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. bigwilliestyles

    Pardon the off topic remark but more than 600,000 people have transfered their money from banks to savings and loans in support of "bank transfer" and "move your money" movements to protest banker's greed...

    November 5, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. bigwilliestyles

    Nothing on CNN blogs about it anywhere. Went to CNN's so called 'business 360' blog: nothing. The last 'business' blog entry was months ago...

    November 5, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. bigwilliestyles

    600,000+ customers, 4 billion+ dollars transfered in less than 1 month, and nothing on the blogs from CNN...

    November 5, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mirosal

    ok, this measure was begun by a COLORADO organization!!! What the $%&#$ are they doing messing with other state's laws? This is as bad as when the Morons ..oops I mean mormons went full-tilt out of Salt Lake City to get California's Prop. 8 passed. Tell these idiots to stay in Denver, and don't worry about what happens in Jackson, MS. And for you bible-thumpers out there, this is a SECULAR government. Keep your church in the church. All you're doing is trying to impose YOUR version of what you "think" should be onto other people. Are you looking to start another Inquisition?

    November 5, 2011 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
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