Personhood makes 2014 Colorado ballot with over 100K valid signatures
DENVER, October 15, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced yesterday that a ballot measure concerning the Definition of Person and Child had sufficient verified signatures to be included on the November 2014 ballot. Just over 86,000 signatures were required, but the measure achieved 140,000 with nearly 110,000 considered valid Colorado voter signatures.
The Amendment was campaigned for as the Brady Amendment. It was filed by Heather Surovik, whose son Brady was killed by a drunk driver at 38 weeks, weighing 8 pounds 2 ounces. Colorado law determined that the drunk driver could not be charged with Brady's death because he was not yet born and thus not considered a person.
"The Brady Amendment requires Colorado to recognize that there are two victims in cases like mine," explained Heather Surovik.
Jennifer Mason of Personhood USA told LifeSiteNews.com: "This amendment puts a new question before Colorado voters. In Heather's experience with the tragic loss of her son, she was told that she had merely lost a 'pregnancy', not a baby, and therefore there were no charges filed against the criminal responsible for his death. This is one of many problems that stem from specifically denying the personhood rights of babies. Amendment 67 will acknowledge that Brady was a person and protect pregnant women and their children in Colorado."
Surovik is upset that "Major news sources in Colorado are ignoring Brady, and quoting only Planned Parenthood.” She said, “This amendment is not about giving a voice to Planned Parenthood. This amendment is about giving a voice to my son, Brady.”
Surovik added, “Brady was eight pounds, two ounces – he was a person! And Planned Parenthood and the media are trying to take the focus off of Brady, to ignore him to push their own agendas. Let me be clear: this amendment is about Brady, and his life, and justice for women who have suffered the tragedy that I have suffered. "
The initiative will appear on the November 4, 2014 General Election ballot as Amendment 67 and will ask, "Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution protecting pregnant women and unborn children by defining 'person' and 'child' in the Colorado criminal code and the Colorado wrongful death act to include unborn human beings?"
This will be the first time the Brady Amendment goes before Colorado voters, however the Personhood measure has made the ballot twice before in 2008, and 2010.