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Third Colorado Personhood Ballot Measure Seems Likely

Third Colorado Personhood Ballot Measure Seems Likely

Anti-choice fetal personhood activists said Monday that they had collected enough signatures in Colorado to put another initiative defining a fetus as a person with full legal rights on the state ballot this fall.

Personhood Colorado said in a statement that it had submitted 112,121 signatures to officials in Colorado, surpassing the 86,105 that are required to put the measure on the ballot. Signatures still need to be counted and verified by state officials.

Colorado voters have already rejected two previous ballot attempts to outlaw abortion by recognizing fetal personhood. In 2008 the personhood measure got only 27 percent of the vote and in 2010 only 30 percent. Apparently Colorado Personhood believes the third time is the charm.

Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union have been fighting personhood measures like this one across the country. On Monday, Planned Parenthood responded to this latest announcement in a statement: “For the third time in the past consecutive general elections, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains today vowed to defeat the so-called personhood initiative. ‘Personhood’ amendments ban all abortion, specifically for victims of rape and incest. Personal, private medical decisions would be taken out of a woman’s hands, and controlled by politicians and the government … These decisions are best left to a woman, her family, and her faith.”

Of course, that’s a reality the people behind the personhood movement would like to ignore. “Our opposition has built a reputation of using scare tactics to deter voters from human-life amendments,” said Keith Mason, president of Personhood USA. “Now that we have specifically outlined the effects of the amendment within the law, we believe that Colorado voters will not be intimidated by those who profit from abortion.”

As Robin Marty reports, Personhood Colorado claims to have engaged at least 500 churches in gathering signatures in support of the measure, which again begs the question of when we can start reviewing the tax exempt status for these religious institutions that are politicking from the pulpit.

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9:51AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Are you serious? I see by your profile that you've joined just today...probably to troll with us a bit. Anyone who says that a clump of cells can give "an inquisitive look" to an ultrasound switched on and off cannot POSSIBLY be serious.

Must be that school's out for the summer.

9:13PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

If you take the ultrasound machine and snap it on and off quickly and wait about 3 seconds and take an ultrasound picture, you will find an inquisitive look staring at you. If there is a heartbeat, there is life.

8:17AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Exactly!

And, unfortunately...in an effort to gather votes, the Republican party is giving these religious loons a "voice," and supporting their agenda.

As that old cliche goes..."Politics makes strange bedfellows."

11:49PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

@Pam ~ that's how it was for close to 1800 years, and finally ended with the Spanish Inquisition. The problem with Bible thumpers today, is they have no clue of history and choose to simply ignore it because of their "blind faith". They are hypocrites to the extreme and will poison us all with their dogmatic doctrines, which they are already doing against women's rights.

9:29PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Imagine that Christians start pursuing legislation to make every one of us go to CHURCH on Sunday mornings! Or...suppose they want to enact laws which make it illegal for ANYONE to covet their neighbor's ass? Or perhaps blaspheme? Or work on the "sabbath" or worship a god other than Jehovah?

Imagine they want to make it a LAW!

Wouldn't you stand up and SCREAM? (AS YOU SHOULD!)

Wouldn't you want to pull their TAX EXEMPT STATUS?

How would we view that? How would they view that? How is it different for them to attempt to legislate ANY of their religious views into our lives?

7:08PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

500 churches getting behind the bill? That's proof right there that all these abortion banning bills are all religious based. If you don't thinks it is, then I would say it's time to get out from under that rock you've been living. And yes, therefore, they [churches] should lose their tax exempt status, as they're not supposed to pressure any government, state or federal, into creating bills/laws based on their personal religious doctrines according to our First Amendment rights.

Sorry Bible thumpers, but not everyone believes it's murder because many of us have more of a scientific approach and some of us don't share the same [Christian] ideals or any religious values. Controlling a woman's body is a violation of their civil rights plain and simple, and it's nobody's business in the first place! And besides, if you really are religious, any persons sins are between that individual and God. Therefore, you [Bible thumpers] have no business going on some crusade controlling anyone's body, period!

3:55PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

What's up with that? Are they going to hold elections on this subject until they win?

11:45AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

NOBODY ever accused the religious "right" of having more than their fair share of intelligence or logic, Bill. You can't be too bright and still believe all that propaganda!

11:36AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Anti choice. We believe in freedom so we want control of your body? Is this crazy or what?

10:53AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

With Anti - Choice, don't you think you've asked the people enough times already, to just get the picture - they said NO!

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