For the second cycle in a row, Colorado voters have rejected a Constitutional amendment that would give full legal rights to fertilized eggs.
According to the New York Times, with 12% of precincts reporting, 72% of Coloradoans voted ‘No’ on Amendment 62 while 27% voted to pass the measure. This vote tally closely matches the results in 2008, when a similar amendment was also defeated.
Colorado voters were asked:
Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution defining the term “person,” as used in those provisions of the Colorado constitution relating to inalienable rights, equality of justice, and due process of law, to include any human being from the beginning of biological development of that human being?
Opponents contended the amendment would ban all abortion in all cases as well as hormonal birth control, including emergency contraception. Proponents had hoped to mount a legal challenge to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, with restrictions, in 1973.
Personhood USA, a group founded to promote the passage of ballot measures and amendments similar to the one Colorado rejected tonight, will set their sights on Mississippi, which will vote on a ‘personhood’ amendment in 2011.
by Peaco Todd