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Opponents of personhood amendment launch campaign

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 22 2014 07:14:16 AM CDT

Personhood USA is launching a petition drive to get a measure on the November ballot to define personhood at the time of conception.

DENVER, Colo. -

Opponents of the latest version of a proposed personhood amendment for Colorado are launching their campaign.

Leaders of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado are scheduled to attend a kickoff rally at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at the state Capitol.

The proposal, Amendment 67, would add fetuses to those protected by the state's criminal and wrongful death act.

Supporters say state law doesn't adequately punish crimes against pregnant women.

The measure is different from two previous failed attempts to add personhood amendments to the state constitution.

Abortion-rights advocates say the ballot measure under consideration this year still goes too far. They say the criminal code could curb abortion rights and some infertility treatments.

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