Colorado Definition of Person and Child Initiative (Amendment 67)

This law was last updated on Aug 8, 2014


State

Colorado

Number

Amendment 67

Status

Failed to Pass

Topics

Fetal Homicide, Personhood

Full Bill Text

www.sos.state.co.us

Amendment 67, also known as Initiative #5 or the Brady Amendment, is an initiated constitutional amendment which, if it had been approved by voters in November 2014, would have included unborn human beings under the definition of “person” and “child” in the Colorado criminal code.

The ballot question read: “Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution protecting pregnant women and unborn children by defining ‘person’ and ‘child’ in the Colorado criminal code and the Colorado wrongful death act to include unborn human beings?”

The Brady Amendment was developed in response to the death of Brady Surovik, son of Heather Surovik, who was killed by a drunk driver in a car crash. The amendment was ostensibly a fetal homicide law, but Gualberto Garcia Jones, who was listed on the Secretary of State website as the designated representative for the initiative, clarified in a letter to supporters that the Brady Amendment was intended to be a personhood bill.

STATUS

This initiative appeared on the November 4, 2014 ballot. Colorado voters rejected it.