City, NV (LifeNews.com) — Backers of the personhood
in Nevada are appealing in front of the Nevada Supreme Court
to make their case for the measure that could ban abortions.
will fight a ruling saying the amendment should not appear
voters on the November ballot.
advocates in Nevada filed a lawsuit seeking to stop pro-life
who want to gather signatures to put a personhood measure on
January, a judge said the language was too broad and
violated a state
law saying ballot measures can’t cover more than one
amendment does not specifically mention abortion, but says
is to codify "the inalienable right to life for everyone,
or old, healthy or ill, conscious or unconscious, born or
the great state of Nevada, the term ‘person’ applies to
being," the one-sentence amendment reads.
amendment supporters appealed the decision to the state’s
and now the seven justices will hold a hearing. An immediate
on the legal divide is not expected, but the court fast
case so amendment backers could still meet a May 18 deadline
measures for the 2010 election.
City District Court Judge James Russell issued the ruling
the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. The pro-abortion groups say
description of the measure does not say that the end result
issue to me is, are we adequately informing voters on what
voting on," Russell said in his ruling. "There’s no way
for the voter to understand the effects of the initiative."
February, Personhood Nevada president Olaf Vancura said
there is still
enough time to get the personhood amendment on the ballot
Nevada Supreme Court rules on its appeal.
a civil rights initiative by and for the people. By the
logic of First
District Court Judge James Russell, the people of Nevada
be allowed to bring forth a civil rights initiative," he
in a statement LifeNews.com received. "Such denial is
We’re appealing to the Supreme Court in hopes that they will
the voters’ rights in the State of Nevada."
if the Supreme Court allows the amendment to move forward,
observers say it faces monumental hurdles.
the measure is approved, pro-abortion groups would file
to overturn it and it would likely be overturned in state or
Legislative Counsel Bureau Brenda Erdoes tells the Las Vegas
that it will run up against a 1990 law that put the 1973 Roe
Supreme Court decision in state law.
every pro-life group in the state is on board with the
some saying that it would be a waste of time and money
would be a certain loss in the courts and that there are
for ending or reducing abortions.
Nelson, president of Nevada Life, says money should be put
education, legislation that has reduced abortions, or
candidates who can help change the court so personhood
could be upheld.
now, we feel those measures will yield more progress for the
movement," Nelson said. "We would have to pull back from
those efforts to get on something like this (petition) that
promise a lot of return."
bill has no chance of ending abortion in America or in
the effect of this could add more precedence to supporting
Wade," he explained.
also said that the current Supreme Court will overturn the
and that the focus needs to be placed on changing what is
a pro-abortion high court.
similar lawsuit was filed by Planned Parenthood against
Personhood Amendment in 2008, but the lawsuit failed.
Colorado amendment was longer, it was found to be a single
issue and allowed to proceed.
was also the first and only state to have voted on a
following the new movement for them. That amendment died on a
vote at the polls, losing 73-27 percent.