California "Personhood Begins at Moment of Conception" Initiative (2012)

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A California "Personhood Begins at Moment of Conception" Initiative" (#11-0041) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 6, 2012 ballot.

Its sponsors, however, did not submit any signatures to election officials by the deadline.

If the initiative had qualified for the ballot and been approved by the state's voters, it would have:

  • Defined 'person' as including "all living human beings from the beginning of their biological development as human organisms, for purposes of state constitutional protections of due process and equal protection."
  • Eliminated state constitutional protections of due process and equal protection for non-biological entities, such as corporations.

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Ballot title:

Constitutional Definition of a Person. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Official summary:

"Defines 'person' as including all living human beings from the beginning of their biological development as human organisms, for purposes of state constitutional protections of due process and equal protection. Eliminates state constitutional protections of due process and equal protection for non-biological entities, such as corporations."

Summary of estimated fiscal impact:

(This is a summary of the initiative's estimated "fiscal impact on state and local government" prepared by the California Legislative Analyst's Office and the Director of Finance.)

"Costs from the establishment of due process and equal protection rights for zygotes, embryos, and fetuses, potentially in the tens of millions of dollars annually."

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