They're at it again. Despite two previous statewide votes that overwhelmingly rejected a personhood ballot measure, anti-abortionists are trying once again to gather signatures for a possible personhood amendment, a group calling itself Personhood Colorado said in a news release.
The announcement immediately drew opposition from Planned Parenthood.
Personhood Colorado reported that it filed language for a proposed amendment with the Secretary of State’s office today. The group said it drew inspiration from a similar effort in Mississippi, which failed earlier this month.
The press release said:
The Colorado Personhood Amendment marks a departure from traditional, one-sentence personhood amendments, which have been among the shortest ballot initiatives in the United States. The new amendment was written by Gualberto Garcia Jones, legal analyst for Personhood USA and a founding member of Personhood Colorado, and Kristi Brown (nèe Burton), sponsor of the 2008 Personhood amendment.
The language of the new Personhood amendment includes the following definitions:
(a) “PERSON” APPLIES TO EVERY HUMAN BEING REGARDLESS OF THE METHOD OF CREATION.
(b) A “HUMAN BEING” IS A MEMBER OF THE SPECIES HOMO SAPIENS AT ANY STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT.
The new Personhood Amendment language also details effects of the amendment. After the amendment is submitted to the Secretary of State’s office today, the sponsors will wait to receive approval from the Secretary of State before beginning the petition process.
Within minutes of that notice going out, Planned Parenthood issued one saying enough is enough.
DENVER — “Colorado voters spoke loud and clear in the 2008 and 2010 elections when they voted down the so called “personhood” amendments by a 3-to-1 margin each time. No means no, yet Personhood USA and Personhood Colorado continue to ignore the wishes of Colorado voters. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains will for the third time since 2008, work with our over 90 coalition partners to educate Colorado voters about this initiative which aims to ban abortion in all circumstances.
Historically, Colorado has been a state that votes in favor of trusting women and doctors. At the end of the day, Coloradans trust women to make personal, private decisions about their own body with their doctor, their family, their faith and without interference from the courts or lawyers.
We hope Colorado voters will see through this third effort and vote ‘no.’ Colorado needs to stay focused on creating jobs and the economy, not denying and criminalizing women who seek reproductive health care.”