Wednesday, November 3, 2010
DENVER -- For the second time, Colorado voters have overwhelmingly rejected an anti-abortion proposal that would have given unborn fetuses human rights in the state constitution.
Voters defeated a similar ballot measure by a nearly 3-to-1 margin in 2008. The initiative defeated Tuesday would have granted constitutional rights at the moment of conception and would have outlawed abortions.
Opponents warned Amendment 62 also would ban fertility treatments and emergency contraception if they harmed fertilized eggs.
Backers argued 21st century DNA experiments make it imperative to give fetuses human rights.
The group Personhood Colorado lost a lawsuit challenging the proposed amendment's description in a state-sanctioned voter guide. The group said the guide improperly stated the measure could limit access to "treatment for miscarriages."