Personhood USA Fails To Get On Colorado Ballot

Try as they might, supporters of a fetal personhood measure in Colorado failed to gather enough signature to get the proposal on the November ballot. The measure, which would define a fertilized egg as a person, fell short of the 86,105 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. Coloradans have already twice voted down similar measures, once in 2008 and another time in 2010.

Planned Parenthood issued a press release Wednesday that the news of the ballot measure’s failure is a victory for Colorado women. “Health decisions should be left to a woman, her doctor, her family and her faith — not politicians,” said Monica McCafferty, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
“Let today be a signal to Personhood supporters who return to Colorado year after year with anti-women, anti-family, anti-patient privacy proposals — Coloradans have said ‘no’ to intrusion into our personal, private medical decisions and we mean it.”

According to Laura Bassett, Personhood USA, the anti-abortion group behind the national effort to criminalize abortion via fetal personhood laws, is disputing the finding by Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler. In a statement to The Huffington Post, Personhood USA spokesperson Jennifer Mason the group turned in more than enough valid signatures but that they were wrongfully discounted the Gessler’s office.

Republicans in the state are likely not too disappointed by the announcement as fetal personhood is a radical position that the GOP does not like to advertise its support for. However, since it is now an official part of the party platform, the failure for it to qualify for the ballot in a state where it had previously done so twice can be viewed as nothing but a loss for Republicans. One of the cornerstones of their platform–fetal rights–doesn’t even have enough support to go before voters in a state that has a solidly social-conservative voting block.

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Wendy Schroeder
Wendy Schroeder3 years ago

Makes me proud to be a Coloradan!

Michael G.
Michael T.3 years ago

Rhonda, actually it is very good. Rational thinking continues in place of delusional belief in an imaginary friend who misogynistic men use as a stick to rule women by.

Rhonda Bird
Rhonda B.3 years ago

Too Bad:(

Ken W.
Ken W.3 years ago

Why can`t we all just get along !!

Michael G.
Michael T.3 years ago

At one stage every living person on the planet was and is a part of molecule or atom of something else. So the next time you have an itch don’t scratch it as you will crush those molecules.

Last week when you blew your nose atoms that were likely part of the body of jesus, tutenkamen, were taken away by the Kleenex you used. The week before, atoms that were once part of Mary the mother of jesus and john the Baptist were in the food you ate and you got rid of those atoms when you went to the bathroom in the morning.

Secondly, it isn’t a child in the womb.

Heather M
Heather Marv3 years ago

At one stage every living person on the planet was once 'that' child in the womb totally dependent upon its mother to give it life. Its not just a piece of tissue, it is the beginning of life.

Julie D.
Julie D.3 years ago


Beverly Morgan
Beverly M.3 years ago

As a woman and a voter, it's nice to know I'll be canceling out one of these freaks' votes come November.

Michael G.
Michael T.3 years ago

Yes I am certain she can, Robert but since you don't present balanced anything, I thought I would step in and make things clearer.

Leia P.
Leia P.3 years ago