The Colorado Definition of Person and Child Initiative, Amendment 67, is on the November 4, 2014, ballot in the state of Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment. If approved by voters, the measure would include unborn human beings under the definition of “person” and “child” in the Colorado criminal code.
The official ballot question reads as follows:
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 following Section 17 would be added to Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution:
Section 17. Protection of Pregnant Mothers and Unborn Children
1. Purpose and findings. In 2009, Judges of the Colorado State Court of Appeals in People V. Lage 232 P.3d (Colo. App. 2009) concluded that:
(a) “There is no definition of ‘person’ or ‘child’ of general applicability in the Criminal Code” (majority opinion by Judge Roy); and
(b) “This is an area that cries out for new legislation. Our General Assembly, unlike congress and most state legislatures, has precluded homicide prosecutions for killing the unborn” (Judge Connelly concurring in part and dissenting in part).
2. Definitions. In the interest of the protection of pregnant mothers and their unborn children from criminal offenses and neglect and wrongful acts, the words “person” and “child” in the Colorado Criminal Code and the Colorado Wrongful Death Act must include unborn human beings.
3. Self executing, and severability provision. All provisions of this section are self-executing and are severable.
4. Effective date. All provisions of this section shall become effective upon official declaration of the vote hereon by proclamation of the governor pursuant to section 1(4) of Article V.
I fully support this initiative for one simple reason: we were the same human being while unborn that we are today. Why shouldn’t this fact be recognized by the law? Why should someone be able to kill us while living within our mother’s womb without consequence? Of course, this amendment would only protect the unborn when someone other than their mother kills them, so even if approved, there is much work to be done.
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