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Personhood USA Launches Petition Drive To Ban Abortions

Published On: Mar 15 2012 01:20:50 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 15 2012 02:19:11 AM CDT

Personhood USA launched a petition drive Thursday in Colorado Springs to get a measure on the November ballot that would ban abortions and define personhood as starting at the time of conception.

The organization must get at least 86,000 valid signatures by Aug. 6. Kevin Swanson is a sponsor of the petition who said that the grassroots movement has more momentum than ever.

A crowd of about 25 anti-abortion activists gathered in front of a Planned Parenthood office in Colorado Springs Thursday holding signs and asking drivers to honk in support.

There have been a group of activists who gather regularly on Centennial Boulevard to protest abortions. They call themselves sidewalk warriors and meet as often as possible.

Swanson said there have been clarifications made in the measure this year that account for miscarriages. He also said that some stem cell research and certain types of birth control.

He said important changes have been made and that a third time on the ballot may be the charm.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 also spoke to Genaro Valverde, who got into a heated discussion with the activists. He said the rights of rape victims are not being considered and that a woman should ultimately choose what she does with her body.

Planned Parenthood representatives also listened to some of the comments made by activists Thursday. Monica McCafferty with Planned Parenthood said the organization will continue to fight for a woman's right to choose.

She said this year's measure is basically the same one that Colorado voters voted down in 2008 and 2010.

Colorado voters will ultimately decide if the measure makes it on the November ballot.


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