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High Profile Names Enter Fray in High Profile Battle Over 48

October 28, 2008

Denver, CO - Opponents of the so-called "Personhood Amendment" (Amendment 48) are planning a statewide rally today, and some familiar figures are lending their names to the effort. Pat Schroeder represented Colorado in Congress for 24 years; she warns the state is being used as a testing ground for a radical agenda that could have a major impact, both economic and personal, on everything from law to medicine, to science.

"Stem cell research, in-vitro fertilization - I don't know how you're going to have any of that going on in Colorado if you pass this."

Former Colorado First Lady Dottie Lamm says that, on its face, a concept like "personhood" sounds like something that anyone would support. She suggests, however, that voters take time to learn about the possible implications of passing the amendment.

"You have a situation in which a woman has a spontaneous miscarriage - she could be taken to court by a disgruntled partner who says that she caused this."

Supporters of the amendment say they believe human life begins at conception, and that a fertilized egg should be given the same rights as other humans. They also claim it will help protect pregnant mothers from abuse and allow for prosecutions in abuse cases that lead to miscarriage.

Opponents, including Schroeder, say current laws already meet those needs - and that Amendment 48 would have far greater implications by affecting thousands of other laws now on the books. Rallies will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Civic Center Park in Denver, the Courthouse on Pearl Street in Boulder, and the Lory Student Center in Fort Collins.

Eric Mack/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - CO