Thursday, March 18, 2010
"It's time to let the babies reclaim their liberty,"
DENVER -- Colorado abortion opponents say they have enough signatures to put an abortion-ending proposal on the ballot this fall - potentially the first state this election year to see the question.
Abortion opponents turned in more than 46,000 signatures on Thursday, the second deadline for the ballot initiative.
The group needs only about 15,700 of those signatures to be deemed valid for the abortion question to go to ballots this fall.
The amendment would give unborn fetuses human rights in the state constitution, setting up a likely conflict with the U.S. Constitution over a woman's right to abortions.
Personhood USA, the Colorado-based group pushing similar measures in 40 states this year, says it's waiting on Mississippi officials to clear signatures and approve an initiative for the ballot this fall. In Montana, abortion opponents say they'll make a June deadline for about 50,000 signatures needed to make the ballot.
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