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Colorado Citizens Announce Third Try for Personhood
Denver, CO – 11/21/11 – Inspired by Mississippi’s heroic efforts for Amendment 26, Colorado citizens have rallied behind the third attempt at a Personhood Amendment in Colorado.
Today, Personhood Colorado has filed language for a new personhood amendment with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, sponsored by Kevin Swanson and Rosalinda Lozano.
Rosalinda Lozano is a Denver resident, native Coloradan, and committed member of the Catholic Church. Along with a history of volunteering for previous personhood amendments and various prolife efforts, Rosalinda is sponsoring the Colorado Personhood amendment at the same time that she is working to open Lighthouse, a Medical Center dedicated to helping women and presenting alternatives to women in crisis pregnancies. Lighthouse is set to open in early 2012 near Planned Parenthood in Denver, which is the second-largest abortion facility in the nation.
Sponsor Kevin Swanson hosts the daily radio program, “Generations Radio”, which is the world’s largest homeschooling and Biblical worldview program. Kevin is the father of 5 children, the Executive Director of Christian Home Educators of Colorado, and committed to seeing that every child is protected from abortion in Colorado.
The Colorado Personhood Amendment marks a departure from traditional, one-sentence personhood amendments, which have been among the shortest ballot initiatives in the United States. The new amendment was written by Gualberto Garcia Jones, legal analyst for Personhood USA and a founding member of Personhood Colorado, and Kristi Brown (nèe Burton), sponsor of the 2008 Personhood amendment.
The language of the new Personhood amendment includes the following definitions:
(a) “PERSON” APPLIES TO EVERY HUMAN BEING REGARDLESS OF THE METHOD OF CREATION.
(b) A “HUMAN BEING” IS A MEMBER OF THE SPECIES HOMO SAPIENS AT ANY STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT.
The new Personhood Amendment language also details effects of the amendment. After the amendment is submitted to the Secretary of State’s office today, the sponsors will wait to receive approval from the Secretary of State before beginning the petition process.
“Personhood USA is headquartered in Denver, and as a Colorado native, I am happy to be supporting another personhood amendment that will protect every child, no matter their age, race, gender, location, or size,” explained Keith Mason, President of Personhood USA. “In past elections Planned Parenthood, which is the largest and wealthiest abortion provider in the United States, attacked our amendments with lies and scare tactics. The new personhood language prevents those falsehoods by making it absolutely clear what the amendment can and cannot do – while still protecting every child from his or her earliest stages.”