September 22, 2008
Definition of Person’ measure will be a box of surprises
Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution defining the term ‘person’ to include any human being from the moment of fertilization as ‘person’ is used in those provisions of the Colorado constitution relating to inalienable rights, equality of justice, and due process of law?”
If voters approve Amendment 48 this fall, they won’t be able to claim later that they were confused by its language. After all, who could fail to understand the simple words quoted above? They’re the amendment’s biggest asset.
They’re also the amendment’s greatest liability.
In fact, although Amendment 48 may appear to be simple and straightforward, its actual impact is harder to forecast than for any other measure on the ballot – and we’re talking about the most crowded document in nearly 100 years.
What Amendment 48 proponents would like to do, by their own admission, is outlaw all abortions. They can’t do that by a state amendment, of course, so long as Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. And they know this. So Amendment 48 lays the foundation for outlawing abortions if Roe is ever overturned – assuming the measure is not struck down by the courts because of existing federal rulings. MORE