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The Colorado Personhood Amendment of 2012

Section 32. The right to life.

(1) Purpose. In order to affirm basic human dignity, be it resolved that the right to life in this constitution applies equally to all innocent persons.

(2) Effect. The intentional killing of any innocent person is prohibited.

(a) Only birth control that kills a person shall be affected by this section.

(b) Only in vitro fertilization and assisted reproduction that kills a person shall be affected by this section.

(c) Medical treatment for life threatening physical conditions intended to preserve life shall not be affected by this section.

(d) Spontaneous miscarriages shall not be affected by this section.

(e) No innocent child created through rape or incest shall be killed for the crime of his or her father.

(3) Definitions. As used in this section,

(a) “Person” applies to every human being regardless of the method of creation.

(b) A “human being” is a member of the species homo sapiens at any stage of development.

(c) “Spontaneous miscarriage” is the unintentional termination of a pregnancy.

(d) “Child” includes a human being prior to and during birth.

(e)“Medical treatment for life threatening physical conditions intended to preserve life” includes but is not limited to treatment for cancer, ectopic and molar pregnancy, twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, and placenta previa.

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