Nevada personhood amendment may be headed back to court
CARSON CITY, Nevada: Personhood Nevada has announced that they will be pursuing a state Supreme Court appeal of District Court Judge James Russell January ruling. Personhood Nevada is an organization in support of a proposed measure, Nevada Personhood Amendment, that aims to end abortions within the state. On January 8, Judge Russell ruled against the petition circulation citing that the petition was too vague and violated a state law that limits questions to one subject. If Judge Russell's ruling is overturned, supporters will be required to collect a minimum of 97,002 valid signatures by June 15, 2010 in order to qualify the measure for the November 2010 ballot. Following the completion of the signature verification, August 4, 2010 is the last day a county clerk may file with the secretary of state.
According to the filed petition, the text reads:
The People of the State of Nevada do enact as follows:
RESOLVED, That a new section designated Section 23 to be added to Article 1 of the Constitution of the State of Nevada to read as follows:
"In the great state of Nevada, the term 'person' applies to every human being."
- Life News, "Nevada Personhood Backers Appeal Judge's Ruling Abortion Amdt Too Broad," February 16, 2010
- Associated Press, "Jan. hearing set on Nev. personhood initiative," December 3, 2009 (dead link)
- Nevada Secretary of State, "Important Initiative Dates," accessed March 10, 2010
- Nevada Secretary of State, "Personhood petition," October 21, 2009