Amendment 62, the 'personhood amendment,' fails

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With the measure losing 75 percent to 25 percent with 5 percent of the precincts reporting, 9NEWS predicts the amendment will be defeated.

Amendment 62 was trying to define "personhood" as "the beginning of the biological development of that human being," according to the 2010 State Ballot Information Booklet. If the amendment would have passed, the Colorado bill of rights would have applied to anyone defined as a "person," giving these rights to unborn fetuses. Supporters of the amendment argued this would bring a legal end to abortions and would define when "personhood" begins.

Those against the amendment argued the measure would have kept Coloradans from making health care decisions, like the termination of a pregnancy in instances of rape and incest and if the woman's life is in danger, and that the effects of Amendment 62 were unclear, saying there were no specific criteria to determine "the beginning of the biological development of that human being."

Coloradans rejected a similar measure in the 2008 election.

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