A grassroots campaign to outlaw abortion and embryonic stem cell research in Colorado failed to qualify for the ballot despite some 26,000 signatures that were collected over the required minimum.
The Colorado Personhood Coalition submitted 1,000 signatures earlier this month, but received word Wednesday that its efforts had fallen short by 3,859. But rather than admit defeat, the group plans to hire a lawyer and challenge this.
“We are confident we will still be on the ballot in November,” said CPC’s spokeswoman Jennifer Mason to the Denver Post.
One of the main sticking points with the proposed law is that victims of rape or incest would not be allowed to obtain an abortion. The main opponent of this measure was Planned Parenthood, which issued the following statement on its website:
“Women across Colorado are sighing with relief. Today is a victory for women’s health.
The fact that Personhood Colorado was not able to qualify their measure on the 2012 ballot demonstrates how out of touch their agenda is with Colorado values.”
Contact Tori Richards at Tori@coloradowatchdog.org.