Amendment 62 was the second so-called "personhood" initiative. This measure appeared on the 2010 ballot and was rejected by Colorado voters as too extreme.
Colorado Rejects Amendment 62 by An Overwhelming Majority:
Early Results Show So-Called "Personhood" Proposal Losing 73 to 27 percent
Amendment 62 has been rejected as too extreme by a majority of Colorado voters.
It is the second time in as many years that Colorado voters rejected the proposal measure, which could have created far-reaching consequences and would have impacted an estimated 20,000 state laws.
This year's version of so-called "personhood," to extend legal and constitutional rights to fertilized eggs, is failing by a decisive 73 to 27 percent, according to figures released tonight by the Colorado Secretary of State.
"What part of 'No' do the people behind Amendment 62 not understand"? said Fofi Mendez, Campaign Director of NO on 62. "Perhaps this year, the fringe group that is behind this measure will understand that Colorado voters have no interest in taking away a woman's right to make personal, private decisions about her health care."
Amendment 62 sought to ban all abortions, even for victims of rape and incest and when a woman's life is at risk. It could have also resulted in a ban on emergency contraception and common forms of birth control, including IUDs and the Pill.
Nearly 70 state and national organizations joined the NO on 62 Coalition this year, including doctors, nurses, medical researchers, attorneys, faith and religious leaders, civil liberties advocates and community and health advocacy organizations. Coalition members joined at the Marriott City Center in downtown Denver Tuesday night to celebrate their victory.
“We are so grateful to celebrate tonight’s win with our many supporters — they are the reason we are standing here tonight in victory," said Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. "Tonight demonstrates that Colorado trusts women and we are a state that supports women and their families and we want policies that support women and their families.
Representing the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), Lorena Garcia noted that, "Amendment 62 would have interfered with our ability as women and as Latinas to make important choices about our health care."
Jeremy Shaver, Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, highlighted his support of the NO on 62 Coalition: "I do not believe state law should be based on a religious belief or doctrine. Amendment 62 was an unabashed attempt to put a religious definition of life into our state constitution, and to make one religious viewpoint the law of the land when it comes to health care."
"Religious freedom is at the foundation of our democracy," noted Jann Halloran, President of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice of Colorado and a coalition partner. "We believe that individual rights and matters of personal conscience must be held sacred."
Said coalition partner Cindi Coleman of the National Council of Jewish Women, Colorado Sector: "I applaud the wisdom of Colorado voters for once again rejecting this dangerous attempt to eliminate a woman's right to make personal, private decisions about her health."
Emilie Ailts, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, noted Amendment 62 "would have invited politicians, lawyers and the courts to come between a woman and her doctor."
"We will continue to fight against this extreme agenda, both here in Colorado, and as it creeps outward to other parts of the nation," Ailts said.
The sponsors of Amendment 62, Personhood Colorado, are part of a national organization, Personhood USA. The group is also currently working to place similar initiatives on ballots in several other states.
"Tonight we celebrate the defeat of Amendment 62 here in Colorado — but with the knowledge that our work is very likely not finished," said Ray Drew, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties of Colorado and a NO on 62 coalition partner. "As we celebrate tonight, it is with the knowledge that we must remain vigilant. We are prepared to continue this fight with the knowledge that freedom can't protect itself."