Colo. voters soundly defeat anti-abortion measure

November 5, 2008 5:46:21 AM PST
Colorado voters have defeated a ballot measure that would have defined life as beginning at conception. The constitutional amendment would have defined a person to include "any human being from the moment of fertilization," a first of its kind in the nation.

Opponents contended it could be used to outlaw abortion, fertility treatments that require the disposal of fertilized eggs, and some forms of contraception.

The measure was led by Kristi Burton, a 21-year-old student at an online law school. Burton maintained her only goal was to define when human life begins, and that any discussion about what was next is up to lawmakers.

The measure failed to draw support from national anti-abortion groups, which thought it could affirm the Roe v. Wade decision if taken to the courts.


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