Personhood proponents 'demanding legal rights'

Friday, September 28, 2012
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With a lawsuit filed in Denver, the battle to get a personhood amendment on Colorado's November ballot is not over.

Last August, the secretary of state's office rejected several thousand petition signatures, disqualifying the proposed constitutional amendment from a place on the ballot. Spokesperson Jennifer Mason tells OneNewsNow the Personhood Colorado campaign was gypped.

Mason, Jennifer (Personhood USA)"They had discounted, as far as we can tell, about 7,000 valid voter signatures, and they're claiming that we missed the ballot by 3,800," she reports. "So, we believe we have definitely more than enough ballot signatures to appear on the ballot, and we are essentially just demanding our legal rights."

The state also provides a curing period, which is really an extension to get the needed signatures. But that did not apply to the personhood campaign.

"We were denied a curing period at all. Every other amendment had an extra 15 days to make up lost or dismissed signatures. In addition to that, we actually had a month less of petitioning time than any other initiative in the state," Mason explains. "By Planned Parenthood, it's one of their tactics to keep us off the ballot. They sued us, and they lost; however, we were not allowed to make up that missing petitioning time."

So, in its battle against tough odds, Personhood Colorado will have wait a while to see if citizens will be allowed to vote on language that establishes when life begins. 

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