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Propsed Personhood Amendment: Colorado

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    Here is the language of the proposed Personhood Amendment that will appear on our November Colorado ballot if the sponsors can obtain the required 85,853 signatures by August 5, 2012. The language differs from similar amendments that have been resoundly rejected by Colorado voters in the past. This one stays away from the "life begins at conception" language and instead states that ""person" applies to every human being regardless of the method of creation." And, "a human being is a member of the species homo sapiens at any stage of development."

    The words "any stage of development" is vague, although they have attempted to provide a little more specificity than the last two attempts.


    Article II of the constitution of the state of Colorado is amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION to read:

    Section 32. The right to life.

    (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.
    (a) ONLY BIRTH CONTROL THAT KILLS A PERSON SHALL BE AFFECTED BY THIS SECTION.
    (b) ONLY IN VITRO FERTILIZATION AND ASSISTED REPRODUCTION THAT KILLS A PERSON
    SHALL BE AFFECTED BY THIS SECTION.
    (c) MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR LIFE THREATENING PHYSICAL CONDITIONS INTENDED TO PRESERVE LIFE SHALL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THIS SECTION.
    (d) SPONTANEOUS MISCARRIAGES SHALL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THIS SECTION.
    (e) NO INNOCENT CHILD CREATED THROUGH RAPE OR INCEST SHALL BE KILLED FOR THE CRIME OF HIS OR HER FATHER.

    (3) Definitions. AS USED IN THIS SECTION,
    (a) “PERSON” APPLIES TO EVERY HUMAN BEING REGARDLESS OF THE METHOD OF CREATION.
    (b) A “HUMAN BEING” IS A MEMBER OF THE SPECIES HOMO SAPIENS AT ANY STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT.
    (c) “SPONTANEOUS MISCARRIAGE” IS THE UNINTENTIONAL TERMINATION OF A PREGNANCY.
    (d) “CHILD” INCLUDES A HUMAN BEING PRIOR TO AND DURING BIRTH.
    (e)“MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR LIFE THREATENING PHYSICAL CONDITIONS INTENDED TO PRESERVE LIFE” INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO TREATMENT FOR CANCER, ECTOPIC AND MOLAR PREGNANCY, TWIN-TO-TWIN TRANSFUSION SYNDROME, AND PLACENTA PREVIA.

    (4) Self-executing, and severability provision. ALL PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION ARE SELF-EXECUTING AND ARE SEVERABLE.