Personhood supporters file suit against Colorado's Blue Book

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September 22, 2010

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DENVER, Colorado: Colorado Fetal Personhood, Amendment 62 supporters filed a lawsuit on September 21 against the Colorado Legislative Council to stop distribution of the 2010 State Voter Guide, also known as The Blue Book. Supporters argue that the Blue Book misleads voters and misstates facts about the measure. According to reports, the voter guide was available online for several days prior to the lawsuit and an estimated 1.8 million copies have been sent to voters in the state.[1]

Amendment 62, if approved by voters, would apply the "term 'person' as used in the Colorado Constitution in [relation] to inalienable rights, equality of justice and due process of law, to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being."

The legislative council met on September 1 to discuss and approve the final wording for the pamphlet but according to supporters, they did not see the wording until September 20.[1][2]

Specifically supporters complained that none of the submitted supporting arguments were used in the guide and several erroneous statements were made. Some of the falsehoods that supporters point to, include: statements from opponents that women would be denied health care for certain emergency procedures including miscarriages; statements that doctors and nurses could be subject to legal action; and the statement that the "beginning of the biological development" is "not an accepted medical or scientific term."[3]

The lawsuit alleges that the Legislative Council was bias. "This has the result that the ballot information booklet is, in effect, one big argument against Amendment 62," states the lawsuit.[3] According to reports, there have been only five challenges to the Blue Book since 1996 and all cases were dismissed.[1]

The 2010 Blue Book can be found here.

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