A new ballot initiative has been filed in Colorado for the 2014 ballot. The proposed measure states that “The words ‘person’ and ‘child’ in the Colorado Criminal Code and the Colorado Wrongful Death Act must include unborn human beings.”
The initiative was cleared to gather signatures by the Secretary of State, and was not challenged before the Colorado Supreme Court. Petitioners submitted 140,049 signatures on September 30, 2013, of which 109,162 were projected to be valid. Since this surpassed the minimum ballot threshold of 86,105 signatures, the initiative will appear on the 2014 ballot.
For more information on the initiative’s wording, requirements, and history, please see our 2013 Colorado entry.
Previous Colorado initiative efforts reached the ballot in 2010 and 2008, and were defeated by more than 70%. However, a 2012 attempt fell short of its signature goals and did not appear on the ballot.