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4:59 PM, Mar 27, 2010   |    comments
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Personhood Colorado, the organization that spearheaded the initiative in 2008, has been working to return the measure to the ballot in November 2010. It took them two tries to get enough valid signatures on ballot petitions.

The Colorado Secretary of State ruled too many of the signatures initially turned in were invalid. Personhood Colorado went back and collected more signatures that were turned in to the Secretary of State's office.

More than 76,000 signatures were needed to get the "definition of person" question on the fall ballot.

After reviewing the second round of petitions, the Secretary of State's office ruled there were enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot. It will appear on the ballot as Amendment 62.

Organizers for Personhood Colorado say they will approach this election differently from the one in 2008.

"The campaign will be a little different this year in that we'll be more confrontational. We want to confront the media and the politicians with the undisputable evidence for the God given right to life of every person," said Doug Mcburney, a director with Personhood Colorado.

He says they will focus on a grassroots campaign going door to door to reach voters. They will also utilize the media to get their message out. Information about abortion, including images of abortions, will be part of that message. They will also include images and stories of children who were adopted as embryos and raised by their adopted families.

Opponents of the initiative say voters spoke clearly in 2008.

"When November came around Colorado voters, 73 percent said, 'No, we don't want this.' They understood it meant government interference on very personal and private decisions that the government doesn't need to be involved in," said Monica McCafferty, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

McCafferty says opponents of the measure are considering challenging its placement on the November ballot. She says they are considering a challenge based on the validity of some of the signatures. The challenge would be made to the Secretary of State's office.

No decision has been made at this time on whether to proceed with the challenge.

A coalition of pro-choice organizations will work together to oppose Amendment 62.

"We are prepared to fight again. We are prepared to educate voters and when Coloradans know the truth, they vote not to have government interference in their lives," McCafferty said.

Mcburney says returning this measure to the ballot is not just about getting their message out to the public.

"The culture, the educated elite, the media, all tell them this is a right. We need to start by changing the law. That is the goal. This is not an academic exercise. We intend to win," he said.

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