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Personhood signatures submitted in Colorado, efforts continue in Mississippi

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February 16, 2010

Colorado, Mississippi: Proposed "personhood ballot measures" - which call for applying the term 'person' to every human being from the beginning of biological development - are moving forward in both Colorado and Mississippi. Last week approximately 80,000 petition signatures were submitted in Colorado to place the Colorado Fetal Personhood Amendment on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot. A minimum of 76,047 valid signatures are required.[1] If approved for the ballot, it would be the second go-around for proposed Amendment 48 which was on the November 2008 statewide ballot in Colorado, where it was decisively defeated.[2] In Mississippi supporters said more than 89,000 signatures had been collected to move the Mississippi Life Begins at the Moment of Fertilization Initiative to the statewide 2011 ballot.[3] A minimum of 89,284 valid signatures are required to qualify the measure for the ballot. In early February 2010, Personhood Mississippi filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Jim Hood and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. The lawsuit was filed in an attempt to clarify the state laws governing the initiative process.[4]

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