Politics

Personhood Amendment gains support of once-skeptical Republicans

Back in 2008, when 21-year-old Kristi Burton was pushing her "Personhood Amendment" -- an aggressively anti-abortion measure that claimed "person" applies to humans from their biological starting point -- even normally anti-choice Republicans couldn't get on board.

But two years and some heavy anti-Dem blow-back later, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports that every high-profile GOP candidate is behind the measure.

Ah. All is right in the world.

From the Daily Sentinel:

All of the top-named GOP candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate have publicly supported the ballot question that would declare that life begins at conception.

That's a big contrast from 2008, when such top GOP people as then-U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer and Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams, among others, were outspoken critics of the ballot question that voters ultimately trounced by an overwhelmingly 3-1 margin.

This year's ballot question, known as Amendment 62, is written virtually the same. Instead of saying a human life begins at the moment of fertilization, it says life begins at the "biological development" of that human being.

What's the difference?

There is none, really. At least not with the measure. But that's not stopping the GOP brain trust, feeling a bit cocksure, from returning to its anti-abortion roots.

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