DENVER, Colorado, November 16, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-life human rights activists in Colorado may be on the verge of a major breakthrough in the struggle against the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. The group Colorado for Equal Rights received permission from a unanimous vote Tuesday in the state Supreme Court to begin collecting the signatures needed to bring forward a ballot initiative that would grant the status of legal personhood to the unborn.

An estimated 76,000 signatures are needed to put the issue to voters in the 2008 election. The ballot question would define personhood and legal protection for the unborn child as beginning at the moment of fertilization. Pro-life supporters have six months to collect the signatures.

The opportunity comes from a loophole in the Roe v. Wade decision written by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. Blackmun wrote, “(If the) suggestion of personhood is established, the [abortion rights] case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”…

Abortion supporters worried by the development did not fail to note that should it pass, the referendum would likely affect the destructive practices of in vitro fertilization and other artificial techniques of procreation. The feminist magazine MS. quotes Vicki Cowart, president of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, “This measure is far outside the mainstream of Colorado and voters will not support it.”…

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