Last year the citizens of Colorado soundly defeated Proposed Amendment 48 which attempted to amend the state constitution so that Sections 3, 6 and 25 of Article II, when referring to a "person" included a fertilized egg in its definition.
This year, Colorado Personhood is attempting to amend the same sections of the state constitution but now "...the term person shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being."
These are the sections referenced by the proposed amendment:
Section 3. Inalienable rights.
All persons have certain natural, essential and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; of acquiring, possessing and protecting property; and of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.
Section 6. Equality of justice.
Courts of justice shall be open to every person, and a speedy remedy afforded for every injury to person, property or character; and right and justice should be administered without sale, denial or delay.
Section 25. Due process of law.
No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law.
Let's have a look at "...shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being." What does this mean exactly? Every human being can be traced back to an egg that was fertilized by a sperm and the resulting zygote managed to develop into a newborn child. Does that mean every sperm and every egg--each of which could be the beginning of the biological development of a human being--shall not be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law?
How many counts of murder for a wet dream? What about the unfertilized egg passed on in the menstrual cycle? Will every miscarriage be investigated?
Pretty crazy, eh? I tell you this insanity makes me want to break out in song.
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