Coloradoans likely to vote on ‘fetal personhood’ for a third time in November

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 18:04 EDT
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A lone anti-abortion protester demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court on May 14, 2001. Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Shutterstock.com.
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Personhood Colorado has announced it collected 112,121 signatures for a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state’s constitution. If 86,105 of those signatures are valid, the proposed amendment will be placed on the Colorado ballot for the third time in four years.

“Once again, we are amazed at the tenacity of our nearly fifteen hundred volunteers,” said Rosalinda Lozano of Rachel’s Vineyard, one of the sponsors of the proposed amendment. “We had seven fewer weeks to petition due to another failed lawsuit from Planned Parenthood, yet we are turning in over thirty thousand signatures more than in 2010.”

The ballot measure would define a human being as “a member of the species homo sapiens at any stage of development.” The proposed amendment is meant to set up a legal challenge to Roe v. Wade, by completely prohibiting a woman from terminating her pregnancy, even in cases of incest or rape.

A similar constitutional amendment was defeated by Colorado voters in 2008 and again 2010. Critics of the previous amendments claimed that it would do more than just outlaw abortion. They said it would also affect common birth control methods, the treatment of ectopic pregnancy, in vitro fertilization treatment, and stem cell research.

But Personhood Colorado added language to the amendment to address those concerns. The amendment now states that “only birth control that kills a person shall be affected by this section” and that “medical treatment for life threatening physical conditions intended to preserve life shall not be affected by this section.”

“Colorado’s Personhood language is the first of it’s kind,” Keith Mason, Colorado native and President of Personhood USA, said. “Our opposition has built a reputation of using scare tactics to deter voters from human life amendments. Now that we have specifically outlined the effects of the amendment within the law, we believe that Colorado voters will not be intimidated by those who profit from abortion.”

[Abortion protester via Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Shutterstock.com]

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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