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Personhood question to appear on 2014 ballot

Published On: Dec 24 2013 10:15:03 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 14 2013 04:32:49 PM CDT

The Colorado Secretary of State's Office says backers of a measure that would redefine the words "person" and "child" have gathered enough signatures to get it on the ballot.

  • Total number of qualified signatures submitted: 140,049
  • 5% of qualified signatures submitted (random sample): 7,003
  • Total number of entries accepted (valid) from random sample: 5,481
  • Total number of entries rejected (invalid) from random sample: 1,522
  • Number of projected valid signatures from random sample: 109,612
  • Total number of accepted entries necessary for placement on ballot: 86,105
  • Percentage of presumed valid signatures: 127.3%

The Secretary of State's office says that the initiative will appear on the November 4, 2014 General Election ballot as Amendment 67. The question will read as follows: “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?”

The measure is different than previous attempts to add so-called "personhood" measures to the constitution. Those measures have failed twice in Colorado.

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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