CI-100 stirring controversy in MT
Posted: June 3, 2008 11:33 AM EDT
Updated: June 4, 2008 12:15 PM EDT
State Representative Rick Jore of Ronan
Voters on Tuesday will be facing a number of ballot issues when they head to the polls and may be approached by two groups about one particular ballot issue.
While it's not unusual to be asked to sign petitions for ballot initiatives on primary election day, it is not normal to have people outside your polling place telling you not to sign something.
The measure in question is Constitutional Initiative 100 (CI-100), which is the Montana Personhood Amendment, which would change the constitution to provide full legal rights for all human life beginning at conception.
State Representative Rick Jore of Ronan tried to do the same thing in the 2007 legislature, but his bill failed. So now, Jore has organized a campaign to change the constitution through a citizen initiative.
He and his supporters have until June 20th to collect more than 44,000 signatures. But, that effort has led to active opposition from abortion rights organizations and others who don't want the measure to make the ballot.
"We're hoping our efforts at least are geared toward getting volunteers to the polling places in as many places as we can" explains Jore. "We've got some very dedicated and passionate volunteers that I personally am very proud of."
"We actually think there is an opportunity to keep this from qualifying for the ballot. And we do have volunteers who are trained to be out and talking pro-actively to people about CI-100. And we hope people will decline to sign the petition" says Allyson Hagen with NARAL-Pro Choice Montana.
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Montana - CI-100, the Montana Personhood Amendment
www.life2008.org/ballotaccess/ [Go to: "download the petition" ]
Type Bill: state-level personhood constitutional amendment by citizen petition
Montana - HB 403
Type bill: state-level personhood constitutional amendment introduced in Montana Legislature
2007-2008 State-Level Personhood (and other selected) Legislation
- Including State-Level Personhood Bills and Personhood Constitutional Amendments
- AL, CO, GA, MT, SC, VA
Updated February 14, 2008