Abortion opponents are a step closer to putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot in Colorado. As the Rocky Mountain News reports:
An anti-abortion group has filed paperwork with the state of Colorado proposing a state constitutional amendment that would define a person as “any human being from the moment of fertilization.”
Proponent Mark Meuser, of Colorado for Equal Rights, based in Peyton, said the amendment could be used as a stepping stone to challenge abortion in Colorado.
“This language defines what a person is,” he said. “If it challenges (the Roe v. Wade decision that guarantees a woman’s right to an abortion), that will be weighed, and it’ll be up to the courts to decide at that level.”
The ballot initiative is still in its infancy and faces hurdles before it can be placed on the 2008 ballot.
First, the Colorado Legislative Council will conduct a review and comment session on the proposal at 10 a.m. July 3 at the Capitol.