March 22, 2012 — A group behind a Nevada "personhood" initiative has withdrawn its proposal in order to unite with backers of a similar measure, the AP/Las Vegas Sun reports.
This is the fourth time the Nevada Prolife Coalition has withdrawn its proposed "Unalienable Right to Life of Prenatal Persons is Protected" ballot measure. The initiative was rewritten and resubmitted the previous three times.
Organizers from the coalition said they will work to support Personhood Nevada's initiative, called "The Right to Life for Young and Old Alike." It states, "No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. As used in this section, the word 'person' includes every human being from the beginning of biological development until death."
In addition to banning abortion, both groups' measures could threaten some forms of birth control, infertility treatments and embryonic stem cell research, according to the AP/Sun.
Last fall, a state judge rejected a personhood measure proposed for this year's ballot, saying the initiative was misleading and vague.
The American Civil Liberties Union and Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates said earlier this month that they would not file any more legal challenges against the personhood measures, allowing supporters to proceed to the signature-gathering phase. Supporters of Personhood Nevada's initiative would need to gather more than 72,000 signatures by June to qualify the proposal for the ballot (AP/Las Vegas Sun, 3/20).