Montana Definition of Person Amendment (2012)

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The Montana Definition of Person Amendment did not make the November 6, 2012, ballot as CI-108 in the state of Montana as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have defined "person" to include all members of the species Homo sapien at any stage of development, according to the Montana Secretary of State's website. The proposed ballot measure was filed with the secretary's office by Dr. Annie Bukacek on May 2, 2011. The measure was later withdrawn and resubmitted on July 14, 2011.[1]


The following is information obtained from the supporting side of the amendment:

  • According to Dr. Annie Bukacek about the signature gathering effort: "We’re more organized [ than in 2010 ]. We have about 500 churches on board that will collect signatures, so we’re starting out good.”[2]
    • Following a vote in Mississippi that rejected a similar measure in 2011, Bukacek stated: "It doesn't discourage me or change my approach in battling the plight of abortion. I am confident Montana voters will embrace it."[3]
  • According to signature gathering volunteer Cal Pastrow when commenting on the petition drive effort: "We are going to turn in all the signatures a lot earlier, and we're going to do quality control ourselves before we turn them in to make sure we have enough qualified signatures from all the districts necessary. Plus, more and more people are getting on board with 'Personhood USA.' Here in Montana, our email list and mailing list have both increased."[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Montana signature requirements

To gain ballot access for the November 2012 ballot, supporters needed to collect 48,673 valid signatures from registered voters. In addition, those signatures needed to be submitted by the June 22, 2012, petition drive deadline. The petition was approved for signature gathering on August 4, 2011.[1]

Supporters did submit signed petitions on the June 22 deadline, however, the total was insufficient to have qualified for the ballot.

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