Wisconsin Personhood Amendment (2014)
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The Wisconsin Personhood Amendment was not on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Wisconsin as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure was not voted on during two consecutive legislative sessions and thereby was not on the ballot in November 2014.
The proposed measure would have established a "right to life" in the state constitution and defined a fetus as a person. Specifically, the proposal would have amended Section 1 of Article I of the Wisconsin Constitution. It would have removed the word "born" from the phrase "all people are born free and independent."
- 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 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 was required to qualify the amendment for the ballot. The measure did not receive a majority vote in two consecutive sessions and thereby will not be on the ballot in November 2014.
- 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
- Greenfield Patch, "Pro-Life Groups Launch New Push for 'Personhood' Amendment," July 14, 2013
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