Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Personhood deadline approaches

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Though Coloradans batted down the so-called personhood amendment in 2008 by a 73-27 margin, Gualberto Garcia Jones, director of the group Personhood Colorado, has observed recent Republican victories in Massachusetts, New Jersey and elsewhere with a touch of hope.

"Clearly, there's something that's happened in the electorate," he says.

But for a repeat of 2008, Jones' first hurdle is turning in 76,000 valid signatures by Feb. 12. His group has sent out about 6,000 petitions to church groups and other supporters, and he's now waiting to see if enough will be returned in time for the deadline.

"We don't know yet," what the result will be, Jones says.

If the measure makes the cut, it will look much like it did in 2008. Jones says the only change in the amendment language is that "personhood" would start at the beginning of the "biological development of a human being," instead of at the moment of fertilization.

Opponents, who've pointed out the bizarre consequences of the measure, including medical risks to women with ectopic pregnancies and threats to some types of birth control (see this story the Indy ran in September 2008), could face a tiring round two.

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