Following is a media release from a group opposing the ‘personhood’ amendment, now known as Amendment 48. I’ve criticized the measure and discussed the politics surrounding it. Unfortunately, by claiming people must “agree to disagree” and that the measure is “not simple” but “extreme,” the release fails to make the essential arguments: a fertilized egg is not, in fact, a person, and banning abortions would violate the rights and threaten the lives of actual people. Nevertheless, I’m glad that Coloradans are organizing to defeat the ghastly measure.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 29, 2008
CONTACT — Crystal Clinkenbeard
DENVER, CO — May 29, 2008 – Today the Colorado Secretary of State ruled that backers of the “Definition of Person” amendment submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Opposition group Protect Families Protect Choices (PFPC) issued the following statement in response:
“Vote No on Amendment 48, the so-called ‘Definition of Person.’ Accessible health care is tough enough for many people and their families,” said Crystal Clinkenbeard, a spokesperson for opposition group PFPC. “This ballot measure threatens access to health care, birth control, infertility treatments, and medical research — just to name a few.”
“Amending the Colorado constitution is always serious business. Responsible government, allows us to appreciate and respect individual opinions. Sometimes people have to agree to disagree. Defining a fertilized egg as a ‘person’ in our Constitution and statutes is not scientifically based and simply makes bad public policy.”
“The No on Amendment 48 Campaign wants voters to know this dangerous amendment is not simple: it is extreme. It threatens women’s health care. It threatens lifesaving medical research. It threatens state laws and policies that refer to ‘person’ or ‘people’ — the consequences of this constitutional change are unknown and dangerous and will affect hundreds if not thousands of laws within our state statues.”
Contact Crystal Clinkenbeard, Protect Families Protect Choices Press Secretary… for more information or to schedule an interview.
Protect Families Protect Choices is a broad-based, bi-partisan coalition committed to defeating Amendment 48, the so-called “Definition of Person.” It includes nurses, doctors, religious leaders, and health advocacy organizations. Learn more about Protect Families Protect Choices at www.protectfamiliesprotectchoice.org.