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‘Personhood’ amendment cleared to circulate

By Josh Richman
Friday, November 18th, 2011 at 1:44 pm in ballot measures.

The proponent of a proposed “personhood” constitutional amendment much like the one Mississippi voters rejected this month has been cleared to start collecting signatures in California.

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen said proponent Walter B. Hoye II, 55, of Union City, has until April 16 to collect valid signatures from at least 807,615 registered California voters in order to qualify the measure for next November’s ballot.

The Attorney General’s official title and summary for the measure is as follows:

CONSTITUTIONAL DEFINITION OF A PERSON. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Defines “person” as including all living human beings from the beginning of their biological development as human organisms, for purposes of state constitutional protections of due process and equal protection. Eliminates state constitutional protections of due process and equal protection for non-biological entities, such as corporations. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Costs from the establishment of due process and equal protection rights for zygotes, embryos, and fetuses, potentially in the tens of millions of dollars annually. (11-0041)

Hoye is founder and president of the Union City-based California Civil Rights Foundation, which opposes abortion rights. He fell short of collecting enough signatures for a similar measure in 2010.

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  • Elwood

    If they couldn’t pass it in MS, good luck here, Walt!

  • smoker1

    This is not going to pass and the authors of the initiative don’t intend it to pass. This is about turnout. The authors want to be sure that right wing religious fanatics have a reason to get out and vote in November 2012. This will benefit Republican candidates up and down the ballot.