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Personhood Measures Fail in Both Colorado and North Dakota

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So-called "personhood" measures have failed in both states where they were on the ballot this election. Voters in North Dakota rejected Measure 1, a constitutional amendment declaring an "inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development." And Colorado voters rejected Amendment 67, Personhood USA's efforts to change the Colorado constitution to define "unborn human beings" as people. 

Personhood USA fought for—and Colorado voters rejected—similar changes to Colorado's constitution in 2008 and 2010.

"Voters in Colorado have, for the third time, seen through an attempt to advance an extreme measure that wouldn't just ban abortion, but potentially throw women and their doctors behind bars for obtaining or providing many basic reproductive health care services including contraception and fertility treatments," said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Amendment 67 was rejected by about 64 percent of Colorado voters, according to The Denver Post.

The Colorado personhood initiative wasn't expected to pass, but anti-abortion advocates had higher hopes for North Dakota. 

"Today's victory at the North Dakota ballot box is yet another in a long history of voters from different political backgrounds and personal philosophies rejecting these extreme and unconstitutional ballot measures," said Northup.

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  1. Damn. This callous attitude toward human life, the cornerstone of libertarian thought, is distressing to say the least.

  2. Better off putting out measures to mandate better treatment for livestock/animals. They may not be people, but at least we can be fairly certain they physically suffer and are conscious/aware.

    1. It’s TULPARIFFIC!

      1. Another sockpuppet accusation. Oh well. At least it is somewhat entertaining.

  3. “Today’s victory at the North Dakota ballot box is yet another in a long history of voters from different political backgrounds and personal philosophies rejecting these extreme and unconstitutional ballot measures,” said Northup.

    I don’t think Gary Sharone and Nuno Bettencourt used the word “extreme” as much as the left does.

    Oh well. At least they had something to celebrate tonight.

  4. …”a constitutional amendment declaring an “inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development.””…

    So trial lawyers retirement act?

  5. Another good night on the ballot initiative front, and this in a GOP wave year!!

    You would think that all those R’s voting marijuana legalization and abortion right would have a harder time, but apparently not!!

    More evidence that the underlying views of the electorate ae moderately libertarian.

    1. “So voters want a higher minimum wage, legal pot, abortion access and GOP representation. Ok then.”

      http://twitter.com/bencasselma…..4204767232

      1. The higher minimum wage votes are a sad example of “good intentions” and economic ignorance.

  6. Maybe this is because everybody knows the pro-abortion crowd would drag this to the Supreme Court, costing each state god knows how much in defending the measure.

  7. Isn’t it odd how the original Roe decision got expanded and forgotten? It’s seen as a complete victory for abortion rights, but in some ways it was a compromise. Remember “trimesters”? AFAIK nobody still uses that term, but originally the decision was: no restrictions on abortions in the first three months, some would be permissible in the second three months, and abortion could be banned in the last three. Later decisions took that to our current “no restrictions, ever” situation.

    I wonder how many people on both sides would see the original Roe rules as an acceptable compromise today.

    1. It’s like abortion in Europe – it’s pretty restricted in a lot of Western countries, as opposed to the abortions anytime you want it the Dems push…

      1. True, something the left here never mentions in their constant praise of Europe.

  8. Not a TEAM fan, not either one – but I am thoroughly enjoying the salty, ham tears of all my proggy TEAM BLUE friends tonight. THE WORLD IS ENDING!!

    Lulz…meet the new boss, assholes.

    As I noted elsewhere, “Tonight, statism won AGAIN! Yay!”

    1. It’s nice to see the Obamabots of 2008 humiliated and (hopefully) disillusioned. I think this is a bit of an earthquake among the tech types here. So many of them got swept up in the hip progressivism that Obama represented. Many who aren’t blue dog Democrats or outright socialists are also going to be less enthused for Hillary or Warren or whoever in 2016. I think libertarianism came out slightly up, despite not being on the ballot here.

      1. Joe Biden.

        JOE. BIDEN.

        He’s the freaking VP as we speak! He’s next in line!

        1. Too bad the Donkey’s don’t have the same “whose turn is it” impulse that Team Read has.

    2. FBOOK FLITERED OUT ALL THE FUN! See if I log in again in the next 6 or more weeks.

  9. If your liberty is threatened by a class of human having rights, perhaps it is not a legitimate liberty in the first place?

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