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Anti-abortion group pulls initiative petition, will back ‘personhood’ initiative

Organizers of one of two competing anti-abortion petitions decided Tuesday to pull their initiative, hoping to present a united front behind the so-called personhood initiative being circulated for signatures now.

The Nevada Pro-life Coalition, which had tried four times to word a petition that would pass legal muster, withdrew its final proposal, which would have banned abortion in nearly every case, including rape and incest. The petition also could have banned many forms of birth control.

Instead, the coalition members decided to back the more traditionally worded personhood initiative, created by national organizers attempting—so far unsuccessfully—to pass the same law in all 50 states.

“Being united in this labor of love is a winnable strategy and all of us are in it to win it, to get it done together,” said Chet Gallagher, director of the Nevada Prolife Coalition.

The personhood amendment seeks to give due process rights to “every human being from the beginning of biological development until death.”

Two years ago, a Carson City judge blocked a similarly worded petition, finding it to be vague and that it violated the requirement that petitions deal with a single subject. The Personhood Nevada group appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court, but the case wasn’t heard in time for the petition to move forward.

Abortion rights advocates had sued three times to halt the Nevada Pro-life Coalition’s petition. But in a tactical move, they decided against suing a fourth time, thinking that voters may be confused by the dueling petitions and mistakenly believing the two anti-abortion groups would decide against cooperating.

Nevada Personhood has until June 19 to gather 72,352 signatures to qualify its petition for the 2012 ballot.

Opponents of the initiative, including the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, are blocked from challenging the petition in court unless it qualifies for the ballot.

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  1. OK all you Right Wing TeaPublicans - when will you start fighting for the Rights For Sperm?

    It seems like you go to Extremes on your Right To Life Issues, But after a Baby is born you want to abdicate All Responsibility for taking care of Human Beings. Be It Food, Education, Health Care or Social Security. You Values Proposition is Morally Empty.

  2. "You Values Proposition is Morally Empty."

    newnvres -- clarify, please

    "You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free." -- Clarence Darrow, Address to the Court, The Communist Trial (1920)

  3. On a political basis, nothing is more important than putting an end to the systematic infanticide that is occurring in Nevada on a daily basis, as this abomination is a blatant and government-sanctioned crime against humanity!

    I encourage all Nevadans to give a voice to the voiceless by signing the Personhood Initiative petition before the deadline of June 19th! You can download, print and sign the Personhood Initiative petition at: http://www.personhoodnevada.com

    In addition to signing this petition, there are two other steps you can take to give a voice to the voiceless:

    1. Request an official governor's proclamation: http://gov.nv.gov/contact/proclamation/

    Suggested text of the proclamation:

    State of Nevada
    Executive Department
    A Proclamation by the Governor

    WHEREAS, over 54 million American babies have been murdered in the womb of their own mother since 1973;

    WHEREAS, the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution requires all persons, including the unborn, to be given the equal protection of the law;

    WHEREAS, Nevada has yet to recognize the right of "every human being from the beginning of biological development until death" to be provided with the equal protection of the law;

    WHEREAS, the Lord has demanded that every Nevadan give "a voice to the voiceless";

    WHEREAS, Nevada Personhood is in the process of collecting signatures for a petition that would present the voters of Nevada with an opportunity to put an end to the ongoing abomination of infanticide in the upcoming 2012 general election;

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA do hereby proclaim June 19, 2012, as

    NEVADA PERSONHOOD DAY

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 19th day of June in the 2012th year of Our Lord.

    Brian Sandoval, Governor

    2. Contact Nevada's self-proclaimed "pro-life" presidential candidates and government officials. Demand that they put their full public support behind the Personhood Initiative, and politely inform them that those who are not for the protection of innocent life are instead in favor of infanticide:

    Republican Party Candidate for President, Mitt Romney: (857) 288-3500
    Republican Party Candidate for President, Ron Paul: (202) 225-2831
    Constitution Party Candidate for President, Virgil Goode: (540) 483-9030
    Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval: (702) 486-2500
    U.S. Senator Dean Heller: (202) 224-6244
    U.S. Representative Joe Heck: (702) 387-4941
    U.S. Representative Mark Amodei: (775) 686-5760
    Nevada Republican Party: (702) 258-9182