Colorado Voters Deciding 3rd ‘Personhood’ Measure

October 16, 2014 7:34 PM

Colorado Voters Deciding 3rd ‘Personhood’ Measure
" DENVER (AP) — Colorado voters are weighing a third attempt to extend rights to unborn children on ballots this year. But it’s not clear what exactly this year’s so-called “personhood” measure would do if it’s approved.

Abortion opponents say Amendment 67 would strengthen protections for pregnant women by adding “unborn human beings” to Colorado criminal code. They argue that the language would increase existing penalties for crimes that injure or kill babies in the womb.

“This is a straight-forward protection for pregnant women,” said Jennifer Mason, spokeswoman for the Amendment 67 campaign.

But the measure doesn’t define “unborn human being,” leading reproductive-health activists to fear its adoption could outlaw abortion with no exceptions. They say it could also outlaw common fertility treatments in which fertilized embryos are destroyed.

“On a daily basis, I would be at risk of becoming a criminal,” said Dr. Ruben Alvero, a Denver physician who performs fertility treatments including in-vitro fertilization.

Alvero joined abortion-right activists recently at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains to decry the measure "

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