The third time will not be a charm, according to a coalition of nurses, doctors, faith leaders and others that has begun its work to make sure the 2012 Personhood Amendment fails. The “NO On Personhood” campaign says it’s dangerous to allow politicians to intrude on personal decisions, and takes issue with the amendment’s blanket ban on abortions, with no exceptions for rape victims or medical reasons.
Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, says she knows voters don’t like the proposal because they’ve already rejected this same amendment – twice.
“Overwhelmingly rejected the idea because, fundamentally, Coloradans don’t believe that politicians should be involved in making decisions that are so deeply personal.”
The amendment was previously on the ballot in 2008 and 2010. Cowart says the same amendment was voted down in ultra-conservative Mississippi earlier this year.
She says the amendment contains provisions that could lead to intrusion into medical records, investigations of miscarriages, and limitations on birth control choices.
“We believe that it will make hormonal contraception illegal, and make IUDs illegal. We believe it will make in vitro fertilization illegal.”
About 200 people attended the “NO On Personhood” campaign kickoff late last week.