The Personhood Amendment is Back in Colorado for 2012

27 04 2012

After another round before the Supreme Court, the Colorado Personhood Amendment is back in circulation. (Full report here)

Read the new and improved Text of the 2012 Colorado Personhood Amendment

This year, a coalition of groups called the Colorado Personhood Coalition is taking the lead.  Please visit their website ( , sign up, and contact them to get your petition TODAY.

The turn in date for signatures is July 9 th

The Colorado Catholic Conference, while not participating directly, has encouraged churches to participate as long as the pastor agrees.  Bishop Conley has also signed the petition in his capacity as a private citizen.  Please refer to the Colorado Bishops Tab to read the statements of the Colorado Bishops.


Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula on Colorado’s Amendment 62!

27 09 2010

Spirit & Life

Human Life International e-Column
Volume 05, Number 35 | Friday, September 24, 2010

Politics and the American Person

After having lived in the U.S. and then in Rome for many years, I must say that American politics intrigue me a great deal. I follow the debates and races closely, because I realize that the decisions of American voters affect not only Americans; indeed, they affect the entire world.

For example, almost two years ago a majority of American voters elected a man because he breezily promised “Hope” and “Change”, and too few thought to ask such basic questions as: Hope in whom? Or Change to what, precisely, and from what? A religious fervor seemed to overtake masses of people for whom actual religion has obviously become an afterthought, and they suspended all critical thought in order to float away on a sea of make belief hope and liberal change.

Yet such seas can be much rockier the salesman leads us to believe. This man elected by Americans seems to be on an economic kamikaze mission, he acts as if he is embarrassed to represent your nation abroad, he spurns historical American allies while indicating to the scoundrels of the world that they belong among the elite, he does not attend services on Sunday, then seems surprised that some question his commitment to his faith… truly one could go on and on about the many problems that this man presents to the nation that elected him.

But the most troubling thing one notices when paying close attention to the president’s actions is his utter disregard for the human person. It appears that every initiative he is enthusiastic about is designed to diminish the person, and increase his dependency on government to live his life for him.

That is, for those persons who are actually allowed to live their lives. We already know the staggering toll taken by legalized abortion, and we know that the current president has without qualification supported every expansion of the murderous procedure he has ever has opportunity to support. Not that he would agree that killing these tiny human beings is murder: Like many, he thinks that some human beings are persons worthy of life, and some human beings are not persons, and thus may be destroyed for any reason whatsoever.

The historical, philosophical and moral problems are ones that the president, and most other proponents of abortion refuse to confront, at least openly. If we agree that all persons should be protected and allowed to live until their natural death, then to make abortion and euthanasia legal, we have to find ways to deny the personhood of those who are not wanted.

The problem for those who buy into this bifurcation between humanity and personhood is first historical: this is exactly the formula employed by every mass murderer in history. It is the semantic of oppression, a procedure through which the groups that are targeted to be destroyed or exploited are described with traits that go from having human deficiencies to even to denying their humanity. Once this semantic takes hold, those in power go about destroying the newly-depersonalized.

The second problem is philosophical: What exactly determines why this human being should live, and this other one should not? Those who claim that the difference is one of an ability to demonstrate conscience and will or some other more or less measurable trait always ignore the fact that such traits are often transitory. I can be sentient one minute, non-sentient the next, then back to my old self. A baby starts life with very limited conscience and will and all of us run the risk of ending our lives with a diminished state of consciousness. These criteria are also notoriously subjective and subject to revision.

The undeniable fact is that those who defend the destruction of innocent human life in the form of abortion and euthanasia cannot confront the moral issues, nor can they confront the history that proves beyond a doubt the similarity between their reasoning and that of the most heinous murderers of history.

Either every human being is a person, regardless of his or her ability to demonstrate a particular trait or demonstrate their utility and convenience; or we can destroy any one at any time for any reason. One only needs time to come up with this reason and a story that will convince others to cooperate in or endorse the destruction.

But if, as we believe, every human being is a person with the right to live the life he already enjoys, up until the point of natural death, then we owe it to the weakest of our brothers and sisters to defend them, including, and perhaps especially, in law. Guaranteeing the personhood of every human being in law is crucial if we are to get beyond the back and forth of activist judges or politicians who must worry about their own position as much as they must the life of an elderly woman, or a disabled child.

In America, as in the rest of the world, politics is the art of the possible, with the goal of achieving the common good. And there are certainly some courageous politicians fighting for life. But if there is a chance to put and an end to the whole debate with constitutional language that would bind the enemies of life – even a slight chance – that is a chance that those who love life should be willing to take.

In the beautiful state of Colorado, I have learned that voters have a chance to affect such a change, to put language defining and defending every human person into the state constitution, up above the heads of judges and politicians: language that will force these leaders to either obey law respecting the life of the human person or to openly declare their hostility not only to life, but to the rule of law.

Many of us are watching with great anticipation. May the Lord of Life and His Blessed Mother guide the citizens of Colorado in truth and wisdom, and may American persons continue to move in the direction of embracing and defending the life of every human person.


Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula
Interim President, Human Life International

The Huffington Post Uses the Colorado Catholic Conference’s Silence to Legitimize the Culture of Death

23 06 2010

In a Huffington Post article published by Don C. Reed, a stem cell research proponent, the author lists a litany of effects that the Colorado Personhood Amendment would have.  They include, banning abortifacient contraception such as the current pill, reforming IVF, banning abortion, and banning human embryonic stem cell research.  All of these “effects” are precisely what the Catholic Church teaches faithful Catholics to strive for in legislation, or is it?

Don C. Reed states:

How do leading pro-life groups feel about the “personhood” movement?

Major right to life groups appear to regard the “personhood” attempt as so extreme, it would be damaging to their goals.

To the best of my knowledge, the personhood movement is NOT supported by the Catholic Church, the National Right to Life Committee, Americans United for Life, Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, nor the Eagle Forum.

In other words, the image that the Catholic Conference is giving is that fighting against the culture of death in a principled comprehensive manner, is “extreme.”

What I would like to know is what does, Don C. Reed, open pro-abortion and proponent of human experimentation, believe the goal of the Catholic Church to be?  And why in the world won’t the Catholic Bishops speak up in favor of a bill that seeks to do everything they teach should be done?

The world is full of mysteries.  Luckily, for this simple minded Catholic, doing the right thing, speaking up for truth (no matter if the world says it is a lost cause) is a lofty enough goal.


22 03 2010

March 18, 2010

Two weeks after the Secretary of State unjustly tossed out 20,000 signatures based on an error on the part of the Secretary of State’s notaries, Personhood Colorado and Colorado Right to Life turned in 46,721 additional signatures to put the Personhood Amendment back on the ballot!  The total number of signatures gathered over the two gathering periods was over 120,000!

The Personhood Amendment will present Coloradans the chance to amend their constitution, so that all human beings, regardless of their age and stage of development, will enjoy the same fundamental rights and liberties under the law.  It will put an end to the crime of abortion.

Ballot access represents a monumental victory for thousands of grass roots activists who have shown the perseverance and determination that will eventually win the day and restore Truth to our laws.  With pragmatism and political corruption ruling our cherished institutions, the people have risen to demand real justice for all.

As Catholics we hold fast to the truth, and in keeping with the principle of subsidiarity, we the Catholic people of Colorado will fight to achieve true justice (not socialism) for all human persons, born and preborn.

“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”

Thank you all for your incredible effort during the last 9 months!

Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D.


21 12 2009





10 12 2009

If the Embryo is Human, It is a Person: Vatican Doctrine Official

17 11 2009

By Hilary White

ROME, November 13, 2009 ( – If an embryo is human, it is a person – this is the golden rule for bioethics if it wants to uphold the full dignity of the human person, said the secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on Tuesday.

The “concept of person” and its application to all human beings at every stage of their development is the key to understanding the Catholic teachings on the life issues Archbishop Luis Ladaria told a conference in Rome.

Archbishop Ladaria was speaking to an audience of students at a conference sponsored by the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, on the document, “Dignitas Personae” (“The Dignity of the Person”), an instruction from the CDF published in 2008 on “certain bioethical questions.” These included developments in artificial reproductive technologies, such as genetic manipulation of embryos and cloning. Ladaria noted that when US President Barack Obama was visiting Rome, he was presented with a copy of the document by Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict, while Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger and Prefect of the CDF, was responsible for the 1987 publication of the landmark document Donum Vitae, upon which Dignitas Personae was based. The much-ignored “Donum Vitae” (“The Gift of Life”), laid down the Church’s teaching on the moral inadmissability of nearly all artificial reproductive technologies currently in use around the world.

Both documents emphasize that the fundamental moral objection to such practices as genetic manipulation, artificial insemination, cloning and in vitro fertilization is that they invariably result in the deaths of innumerable human beings at the embryonic stage and that they deny the fundamental right of the child to be conceived and nurtured naturally in the context of marriage.

Archbishop Ladaria spoke of the “new approach” the document presents for bioethicists based on the nature of the human person and the special relationship of man to God who was incarnate in Jesus Christ.

Human beings cooperate with God when they reproduce, he said.  “Procreation is a special cooperation. Only in human love, which is a reflection of divine love, in mutual donation, is found the context for cooperation with the love of God the creator.”

This teaching, Ladaria said, holds that human dignity is “not granted” by human agency, but “is recognized as a previous fact.”

The Church’s teaching is based on the now-scientifically proved fact that human life begins in its entirety at the moment of conception. The basic rule for ethicists, he said, is, “If it is a human, it is always a person.” This includes the zygote, the single-cell product of the union of ovum and sperm.

From the first moment, he said, the embryo “has a full anthropological qualification; there is a continuity; there are no leaps that have in them substantial mutations; the embryonic body develops. One can see the decisive reason to accept the very dignity of the person.”

(With files from Zenit News Agency)