July 25, 2012 — Supporters of a Montana "personhood" measure (CI-108) did not collect enough signatures to qualify their proposal for the November ballot, the Missoulian reports. The proposal would have amended the state constitution's definition of a person to include "all human beings at every stage of biological development, including fertilization or conception," according to the Missoulian.
Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch's office on Friday said the Montana ProLife Coalition had collected only 23,512 of the 48,674 signatures required to qualify and had obtained 10% of the voters in 12 of the state's 40 districts.
Julianna Crowley, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Montana, said this was the third time supporters of the measure have failed to collect enough signatures. Crowley said, "Montanans don't want to roll the dice when it comes to their constitutional rights or put the health and safety of the women in their lives in jeopardy," which is "exactly what this amendment would do."
However, Annie Bukacek, a physician and president of the Montana ProLife Coalition, said the group will "continue to pursue personhood for the unborn" (Johnson, Missoulian, 7/21).
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