November 22, 2011
Personhood USA, the Denver-based pro-life group that sponsored an unsuccessful personhood amendment in Mississippi -- declaring fertilization as the start of human life -- is mobilizing again to push for a similar ballot initiative in Colorado in 2012, according to the Denver Post. Personhood amendments have failed twice in Colorado -- in 2008 and 2010 -- but the organization is hopeful for the third try. After some concerns with the language of the Mississippi initiative, the new version will be worded differently "to hopefully prohibit lies of our opponents," said Jennifer Mason of Personhood USA. "[It] will protect every child, no matter their size, level of development, gender, age or race." To get the measure on Colorado's 2012 ballot, approximately 79,000 petition signatures are needed, and volunteers have already begun widespread grassroots efforts. Personhood USA will also be pushing for the same measure in Oregon and Montana.