Gov. Haley Barbour called for a group against the Initiative 26 personhood amendment to stop making robocalls using a recording of him from a television interview earlier in the week. The calls went out Thursday night and apparently early Friday on the Coast. Below is the statement Barbour issued about the calls on Friday, and below that a transcript of what he had said in a television interview about his concerns about the amendment. Barbour said voted Thursday, absentee, in favor of the amendment
“A pro-abortion group has called people’s homes and deceived voters into thinking I’m opposed to Initiative 26, the Personhood Amendment. As I’ve previously stated, I voted for the Personhood Amendment. These misleading calls were made without my knowledge, without my permission and against my wishes. I have demanded this deception be stopped, and those responsible have assured me that no more calls will be made.”
In one of his interviews about the amendment, Barbour expressed concerns with the amendment and unintended consequences.
“I’m pro-life,” Barbour said on MSNBC. “Americans United for Life picked me as their man of the year several years ago. I believe life begins at conception. Unfortunately this personhood amendment doesn’t say that. It says ‘life begins at fertilization or cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.’ That ambiguity is striking a lot of pro-life people here as concerning and I’m talking about people who are very outspokenly pro-life.
“ ... If you had asked me when it was first proposed, I would have said: A) the Legislature would have passed it 100-to-1 and B) I believe life begins at conception and therefore I would be for it. I am concerned about some of the ramifications on in-vitro fertilization and ectopic pregnancies where pregnancies are outside the uterus and the fallopian tubes. That concerns me. I have to just say it.”