Monday, July 06, 2009

'Personhood' pushers at it again in Colorado

'Personhood' pushers at it again in Colorado

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 7/5/2009 4:10:00 AM

Two Colorado organizations have launched another petition drive to put a personhood amendment on the 2010 ballot.

Colorado Right to Life and Personhood Colorado are joining forces to gather the signatures for the 2010 Colorado Personhood Initiative. Right to Life spokeswoman Leslie Hanks says they are energized for the campaign.

"People are really beginning to see that the God-given right to life of the preborn child is something exciting to fight for," she explains, "and we've really stood idly by for too long, allowing horrible human rights abuses to go unchallenged in so many ways in this country."

In 2008, Colorado's Personhood Amendment garnered less than 30 percent of the vote. Hanks was asked why a major campaign is being launched again so soon after the defeat.

"With women's suffrage, they took about a 12-year hiatus," she notes, "and when they came back, they were further behind than when they first started -- so we don't want to let that happen. And we know that the civil rights movement didn't sit down and say we're not going to fight any longer because of one election shortfall."

If the petition drive is successful, the measure will be on the 2010 ballot. Pro-lifers in Montana have started a similar campaign.