Nevada personhood amendment faces legal challenge
CARSON CITY, Nevada: A lawsuit was filed this week against the proposed Nevada Personhood Amendment by the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and several individuals. According to the filed lawsuit, the petition and the description are "misleading" and does not include an explanation of the proposition's objective. Should the lawsuit be successful, the petition could still be allowed on the ballot if the language is altered. The measure, if approved, would recognize the personhood of the unborn from the earliest stages of life. The amendment is supported by Personhood Nevada and is part of a nationwide effort to place the measures on 2010 ballots. Maggie McLetchie, a lawyer for the ACLU of Nevada, said, "They seek to outlaw a huge range of reproductive services. Under the petition, fetuses could sue and be sued. What they are proposing is so radical and would clog up the courts." However, Richard Ziser, a supporter of the measure, said that it is clear what the petition's objective is - "It is to protect the life of the unborn. They would prefer we used the term abortion. We will see what we will end up with."