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November 2, 2010

Colorado Rejects Personhood Amendment

Colorado voters weighed the legal definition of “personhood,” voting on an amendment to the Colorado Constitution that would define the term “person” as applying "from the beginning of the biological development of that human being." The Denver Post reports that the measure was failing by a 3-to-1 margin, the same as the 2008 vote on a similar amendment.

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The measure has drawn both support and criticism from unusual sources. Amendment 62 is endorsed by Pam Tebow, the mother of famously pro-life football star Tim, but opposed by the Colorado Eagle Forum as a threat to “all pro-life laws enacted in the last 40 years, including the Hyde Amendment.”

Colorado defeated a similar measure in 2008 with 73 percent voting against an amendment defining the term “person” to begin at “the moment of fertilization.” CT asked thinkers and leaders to weigh in on personhood amendments here.

Comments

Great news. Thanks.

It is unfortunate that the voters of Colorado chose to place limits on personhood in such a manner that the smallest persons are denied recognition and therefore personal rights. Once living human beings are denied their personhood, the door is open for others to be similarly denied. Those will likely be geriatrics (at the other end of the natural lifespan), or those with physical or mental disabilities. Should culture decline further, it may eventually include those of certain political or religious persuasions.