Wisconsin Personhood Amendment (2014)
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The proposed measure would establish a "right to life" in the state constitution and define a fetus as a person. Specifically, the proposal would amend Section 1 of Article I of the Wisconsin Constitution. It would remove the word "born" from the phrase "all people are born free and independent."
The following is information obtained from the supporting side of the measure:
- State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt argued that the measure is keeping consistent with one of the main roles of government, "which is to protect those who can't protect themselves."
The following is information obtained from the opposing side of the measure:
- The group Wisconsin Right to Life stated that a ballot measure would cost the state millions of dollars. The group also argued that if the measure was to be passed, a lawsuit would follow, which would probably overturn the measure.
- State Representative Chris Taylor pointed out that the proposal could be costly to jobs in the state. Taylor argued that the impacts of the measure would negatively affect bio-medical and embryonic stem cell research.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Wisconsin Constitution
A majority vote in two consecutive sessions of the Wisconsin Legislature is required to qualify the amendment for the ballot.
- LRB 2859-1 Proposed measure text
- Personhood Wisconsin (support)
- Wisconsin Right to Life (opposition)
- The Daily Cardinal,"Personhood amendment would change definition of ‘human life’," November 28, 2011
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Daily Page,"Wisconsin constitutional amendment to effectively ban abortion to be proposed," October 21, 2011
- ↑ The Daily Cardinal,"Personhood amendment would change definition of ‘human life'," November 28, 2011
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lacrosse Tribune, "Personhood amendment proposed in Wisconsin", November 23, 2011
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