We’re dealing with yet another personhood amendment here in Colorado this year. Amendment 62 is essentially a slightly beefed up version of an amendment defeated in 2008 by a margin of 73% to 27%. Hopefully we’ll have just as much support this time around, especially since this one would stretch the definition of a person much more than the original to include stem cell research and in-vitro fertilization.
The specifics of this amendment and the controversy surrounding it shed some light on the way the anti-choice movement uses false information and what they’re really all about.
Recently the 2010 Colorado Ballot Information Booklet (or Blue Book) was published. This book is provided by the state of Colorado to provide a fair and impartial analysis of each initiated or referred constitutional amendment, law or question on the ballot.
Personhood Colorado, an offshoot of Personhood USA and one of the main groups lobbying for amendment 62, has filed a lawsuit against the Legislative Council of the General Assembly alleging that the Blue Book used false statements and was not fair and impartial as is required by Colorado law.
They claim that none of their arguments were used for the pro side and the arguments presented for the con side were factually inaccurate.
Here at the Abortion Gang, we point out examples of anti-choicers using made up and/or skewed facts to promote their side on a regular basis. This is yet another example of anti-choice lies backed up by the Legislative Council of the General Assembly.
The lawsuit states “the ballot information booklet is, in effect, one big argument against Amendment 62.” Could this be because there are no legitimate arguments for passing amendment 62 other than it being a ruse to do away with reproductive freedom?
I tried to find the pro-62 arguments that Personhood Colorado gave to the council but was unable to. I did however find the points that they claim are false in the anti-62 arguments.