‘Fetal personhood’ ballot initiative fails in Colorado

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 16:53 EDT
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Anti-abortion activists in Colorado have failed to place a proposed “fetal personhood” amendment on the state’s 2012 ballot.

Personhood Colorado announced earlier this month that it collected 112,121 signatures for the ballot initiative. But the Secretary of State said the group only submitted 106,119 signatures. Based on a random sample, the Secretary of State projected that only roughly 85,800 of those signatures are valid, falling short of the 86,105 valid signatures needed to qualify of the ballot.

“Because the percentage of presumed valid signatures falls between 90 percent and 110 percent of the 86,105 valid signatures needed, the office is required to perform a line-by-line analysis of every signature submitted,” the Secretary of State explained in a press release.

Personhood Colorado told the Independent they planned to file a protest of the decision.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, praised the defeat of the ballot measure.

“The defeat of ‘personhood’ state constitutional amendments all across the country — from Colorado and Ohio to Mississippi and Oklahoma — sends a clear warning to Mitt Romney: health care decisions should be left to a woman, her family, her doctor, and her faith — not politicians,” she said in a statement. “This is just one more example of how out of touch Mitt Romney is with women and the majority of Americans when it comes to women’s health.”

The ballot measure would define a human being as “a member of the species homo sapiens at any stage of development.” The proposed amendment was 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 2010.

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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