by Steven Ertelt
February 26, 2008
Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has issued his support for a personhood amendment in Colorado that would provide legal protection for unborn children from the moment of conception. The ballot proposal targets abortions and the destruction of human life in scientific experiments.
Huckabee said on Monday that he supports the efforts to collect enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.
"This proposed constitutional amendment will define a person as a human being from the moment life begins at conception," Huckabee said in a statement.
He added, "With this amendment, Colorado has an opportunity to send a clear message that every human life has value."
The Colorado Supreme Court approved the language for the ballot proposal in November and its supporters, led by the new group Colorado for Equal Rights, need 76,000 signatures to put it before voters this election cycle.
The possible statewide constitutional amendment would define a human being and the beginning of life as starting at fertilization in three various parts of the state’s constitution.
Its backers hope that would challenge Roe v. Wade and ultimately result in full legal protection for unborn children from that point forward and the effect of banning all abortions in the state.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains spokeswoman Lizzy Annison said her group and six others will oppose the measure.
This is the second personhood measure Huckabee has supported, as he led a Georgia rally earlier this year in support of a proposal there. A legislative panel ultimately defeated the measure on a close vote.
Personhood measures of this sort have divided the pro-life community — not on the principles behind it but on the strategy and timing.
Some groups support the idea while others are concerned that the Supreme Court still has a pro-abortion majority and that a lawsuit to overturn the amendment would be overturned and add to the pro-Roe case law. They prefer a strategy of getting a pro-life majority on the Supreme Court, overturning Roe and allowing states to prohibit abortions again.