Backers of ‘personhood’ measure regroup

Denver Post / July 27, 2010

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DENVER — Supporters of Colorado’s proposed constitutional amendment on “personhood’’ announced their grass-roots campaign strategy yesterday.

Colorado is the only state in the union with a 2010 ballot proposal to redefine what a person is. Organizers of Amendment 62 are hoping to turn their 3-to-1 defeat at the polls in 2008 into constitutional change.

If approved, the measure would define the term “person’’ and rights in the state Constitution “to apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.’’

The 2008 ballot proposal, disapproved by almost 73 percent of Colorado voters, sought to define personhood as beginning with a fertilized human egg.

Organizer Keith Mason said the 2010 campaign strategy entails a revolutionary tool called More than 1,300 people have connected to work for Amendment 62.

Yesterday at the State Capitol, Mason introduced a slate of national figures, including conservative political activist Alan Keyes, a former diplomat and four-time presidential candidate.

Amendment opponents said Personhood Colorado describes itself as a grass-roots organization of Colorado citizens, yet Mason, a key leader, is from outside Colorado and has worked nationally on the abortion issue.

“This is yet another sneaky attempt [by a national organization] to provide legal and constitutional rights to a fertilized egg in Colorado,’’ said Fofi Mendez, director of the “No on 62’’ campaign. top stories on Twitter

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