‘Personhood’ Fails in Colorado

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


Walter G.
Walter G7 years ago

Freedom is choice.

Geynell Eskite
Geynell Eskite7 years ago

At last. A refreshing bit of sanity and intelligence. A "person" is a fully developed, living, breathing, autonomous human being. A gestational, gill-slitted tadpole is a POTENTIAL human. While the development and subsequent birth of this potential human is (in the ideal scenario) a much anticipated, deeply emotional event for the parents-to-be, one cannot reasonably confer upon a newly fertilized egg the status of "personhood".

Jeffrey M.
Jeffrey M7 years ago

That was pretty scary for a moment. Way to go, Colorado!

pam w.
pam w7 years ago

Some years ago, I learned that, in Chile, if a pregnant woman leaves the country and returns no longer pregnant, she can be investigated and charged for having an abortion. This would include a medical exam, etc.

The proponents of this amendment would LOVE to live in Chile!

Catherine A.
Cat A7 years ago

An amendment is a dangerous thing. Those who believe this amendment should exist will go on believing what they do. They are free to do so. Not having this amendment keeps the freedom of believe for those who do not agree with their view.

Christopher Fowler

Good. Big church loses another one. I guess that they did not understand the ramifications of a law like that.

If it had passed, then it could be taken to ridiculous extremes. I woman is pregnant and crashes her car, causing a termination of pregnancy, she could be tried for manslaughter.

Just say no to big church takeovers of our civil rights.

You Coloradans keep keeping it real.

Tom Y.
Tom Y7 years ago

The definition of "Personhood" that prevailed at the Colorado ballot box... shuts out the most vulnerable: those at the stage of just beginning to develop. Their DNA is complete, and they're poised to grow -- into members of the human family -- it's what they'll naturally do if they can! If someone else's decision allows it. And --- wait for it --- we've all begun there! And we were no less human then than we are now!

Anyone who sees this result as an enlightened move has spent too much time in Plato's cave. (It's an allegory about a distorted, prideful view of reality.)

Aludra N.
susan m7 years ago

The arrogance of these people is always what gets to me most. The belief that a fertilized egg is a person is a religious belief. There is zero proof of that, nor will there ever be for one good reason - no one can truly know the truth about that but the Creator. They are entitled to their opinion, but basically they are saying that they know the mind of God, which is arrogance beyond belief. To believe that your opinion should be legislated with severe punishment for those who do not agree with you is the spanish inquisition all over again. This should be scaring the hell out of most people who think they are free in this country...

Amber M.
Amber Beasley7 years ago

idiots. children don't deserve to die. they are PEOPLE just like us, born or UNBORN.

Marie W.
Marie W7 years ago

Hurrah, some intelligence prevails!