Montana is the most recent state to move forward with a so-called “personhood” measure in an attempt to circumvent legal access to abortion services.
According to the Florida Independent, the Montana secretary of state approved a “Personhood” initiative for signature gathering in an attempt to place the measure on the 2012 election ballot. In order for the initiative to make it onto the ballot supporters would need to gather the signatures of more than 48,000 Montana voters.
Montana Pro Life Coalition is leading the charge to put the measure on the ballot. The group had attempted and failed at passing a similar measure last year.
The move has split anti-abortion groups. Montana Right to Life, the Montana Catholic Conference and the Family Foundation opposed the amendment during previous election cycles. They argue such a measure, should it pass, would easily be overturned in court and has the possibility of strengthening Roe v. Wade
Even by the ever-shifting standards of the anti-choice movement, personhood measures still seem radical and fringe. Of course, that is what we were saying about measures designed to criminalize contraception and eradicate family planning services and look what the last year brought.
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