Colorado Personhood effort gathers 30 percent more signatures than needed
DENVER, August 10, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - The signature-gathering effort to establish state constitutional personhood for unborn children has met with success for the third time in Colorado, paving the way for another ballot challenge in November.
Personhood Colorado submitted signatures to the Secretary of State’s office on Monday for the Colorado Personhood Amendment. The signatures submitted totaled 112,121, although only 86,105 were required. All signatures are pending validation by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.
The proposed amendment states: “(1) Purpose. In order to affirm basic human dignity, be it resolved that the right to life in this constitution applies equally to all innocent persons. (2) Effect. The intentional killing of any innocent person is prohibited.” The amendment also details the effects the new language will have on issues such as birth control, in vitro fertilization, medical treatment for the mother, and miscarriage. The full text is available at www.personhoodco.com.
“Once again, we are amazed at the tenacity of our nearly 1,500 volunteers,” remarked Rosalinda Lozano, Amendment Sponsor. “We had seven fewer weeks to petition due to another failed lawsuit from Planned Parenthood, yet we are turning in over 30,000 signatures more than in 2010.”
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Lozano said that “thousands of hours of work over this very hot summer” were put into the signature gathering effort by volunteers, whom she thanked for their dedication.
Keith Mason, Colorado native and President of Personhood USA, called Colorado’s Personhood language “the first of its kind.”
“Our opposition has built a reputation of using scare tactics to deter voters from human life amendments,” he said. “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.”
The Colorado Secretary of State’s office has until September 5th to verify the validity of the signatures.
Personhood supporters in Georgia celebrated last month after a survey asking GOP primary voters about revising the constitution to protect human personhood received 66 percent support.