by Steven Ertelt
August 5, 2009
Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) -- A second effort to get residents of Colorado to endorse a measure that would grant legal personhood to unborn children has received a go-ahead from state officials. Three state lawmakers voted to allow the state ballot proposal to move forward despite complaints from abortion advocates.
Pro-abortion groups had claimed the personhood amendment does not meet the required single subject rule and that the language of the measure is misleading.
The offices of the Colorado Attorney General, The Secretary of State, and Legislative Legal Services voted 3-0 against both claims today.
Leslie Hanks, a pro-life advocate who is behind the measure, explained that this year's version differs from the 2008 proposal, Amendment 48, that Colorado voters strongly rejected last November on a 3-1 margin.
"Our decision to use the words 'the beginning of biological development of a human being' as opposed to 'the moment of fertilization' allows us to protect all human beings, even those originating from asexual forms of reproduction," Hanks said. Read more.