California Personhood Begins at Conception Initiative (2014)
If the initiative qualifies for the ballot and is approved by the state's voters, it will add language to the California Constitution that defines the term "person" as "it is applied to all living human beings, applies to all living human beings from the beginning of their biological development as human beings (i.e., human organism), regardless of the means by which he or she was procreated, method of reproduction, age, race, sex, gender, physical well~being, function, size, level of development, environment, and/or degree of physical or mental dependency and/or disability."
Text of measure
- "Extends constitutional protections of due process and equal protection to all fertilized human eggs by redefining "person" as including each and every human organism from the commencement of biological development."
Fiscal impact statement:
- "Potentially significant costs to state and local governments from the establishment of due process and equal protection rights for zygotes, embryos, and fetuses."
Path to the ballot
- See also: California signature requirements
- Walter B. Hoye II, Gilbert Montelongo, Ronnie Allen, Harold Hervey, Jesse Peterson, George McKinney and Bruce Rivers submitted a letter requesting a ballot title on September 27, 2013.
- A title and summary were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on November 21, 2014.
- 807,615 valid signatures are required for qualification purposes.
- Supporters have until April 21, 2014 to collect the required signatures.