Wisconsin Personhood Amendment (2014)

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The Wisconsin Personhood Amendment will not appear 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 will not be 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.[1] It would have removed the word "born" from the phrase "all people are born free and independent."[2]

The proposal was written by Rep. Andre Jacque.[1]

Support

Arguments

Opposition

Arguments

  • 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.[3]
  • 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.[3]

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. The measure did not receive a majority vote in two consecutive sessions and thereby will not be on the ballot in November 2014.

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