July 24, 2014 — Opponents of a proposed Colorado constitutional "personhood" amendment launched a campaign Tuesday, saying the ballot measure could further restrict abortion rights and limit some fertility treatments, the AP/CBS4 reports. Members of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado attended a campaign kickoff rally at the state Capitol (AP/CBS4, 7/22).
The ballot initiative will ask voters whether the state's constitution should be amended to protect "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."
Coloradans have rejected a personhood measure twice before (Women's Health Policy Report, 10/15/13).
Supporters of the measure say it is meant to protect pregnant women from assault, according to the Denver Post.
However, Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, said, "If this were passed and the language added to the criminal code, it would be saying that life begins when an egg is fertilized -- in that case, you could bring murder or manslaughter charges up whenever a pregnancy didn't result in a live birth." He added, "If a woman had a miscarriage, there could be a criminal investigation into whether someone caused it or not" (Cotton, Denver Post, 7/23).