Saturday, July 19, 2008
Colorado Voters Will Decide Whether To Give Fertilized Eggs Legal Rights of a Person
Wash. Post: Colorado Voters Will Be Asked When 'Personhood' Begins, by Ashley Surdin:
A proposal to define a fertilized human egg as a person will land on Colorado's ballot this November, marking the first time that the question of when life begins will go before voters anywhere in the nation.
The Human Life Amendment, also known as the personhood amendment, says the words "person" or "persons" in the state constitution should "include any human being from the moment of fertilization." If voters agreed, legal experts say, it would give fertilized eggs the same legal rights and protections to which people are entitled.
You might think it reasonable to want to know how the initiative would affect existing laws, including the right to abortion. But the initiative's sponsor was cagey:
As to what laws could then be modified, Burton would not elaborate. "We try not to focus on some of the issues that will be taken care of later on," she said, repeatedly saying that the amendment is not aimed at outlawing abortion.