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On The Third Attempt to Pass Egg-as-Person Legislation in Colorado, Former Supporters Shy Away

Robin Marty

Personhood Colorado may not believe the voters don't want to give legal rights to fertilized eggs, but the politicians do.

Unless there is are massive numbers of bad or duplicated signatures, the voters of Colorado will once again be deciding whether or not to grant full legal rights to fertilized eggs. Personhood Colorado believes that the voters are ready to pass the amendment this time, pointing to the fact that they have gathered more signatures than necessary and with even less time to do it.

But if they think that means the people of Colorado are “pro-fertilized-egg-as-person” this go around, they are the only ones. Even their old supporters are starting to back away from them, saying the people have already spoken.

Via the Denver Post:

This time around Joe Coors, now a Republican candidate for the 7th congressional district, will not endorse the personhood initiative, which would ban all abortions in the state, the campaign told the Post Wednesday.

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“After its two failed attempts on the ballot, Coloradans have made their decision on this issue,” campaign spokeswoman Michelle Yi said. “Joe respects the voters’ decision and, for the next 90 days, will continue to focus on ideas to get our economy back on track by helping job creators start new businesses and expand their payrolls.”

Coors originally donated to the Personhood movement he is now shunning. Will other Colorado politicians do the same? 

The Rocky Mountain Media Watch writes:

[T]he political ramifications of the personhood amendment should continue to be a key part of the coverage. The amendment, which would ban all abortions and some common forms of birth control, is clearly of interest to women, in particular, and women are a key voters in Colorado elections.

Personhood supporters have yet to hear from Rep. Mike Coffman and Rep. Cory Gardner about whether they will endorse their amendment this year, as they did in 2010, Personhood USA legal analyst Gualberto Garcia Jones told reporters today.

Garcia Jones said they’d welcome their support again, as they would any candidate, Democrat or Republican.

“To me, they’d be shooting themseves in the foot, if they backtracked,” said Colorado Right to Life Vice President Leslie Hanks. “It would be their loss.”

The official signature count will be released in early September, and it will be interesting to see if Republicans as a whole embrace or reject the initiative for 2012.

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