Personhood Measure Clears First Hurdle To Get On Ballot In California

19 11 2011

The AP is reporting that a pro-life group has been cleared to begin gathering signatures to get a personhood measure on the ballot in the 2012 election.

Union City-based California Civil Rights Foundation must collect more than 807,000 signatures by April to qualify for the November 2012 ballot, the secretary of state’s office said.

The foundation’s president, Walter Hoye, is an Oakland pastor known for protesting outside abortion clinics. He said he launched a similar campaign in California in 2010, but it fell short of the required signatures.

“The more of this conversation that we have, the stronger the pro-life movement becomes,” Hoye said.

He said he is hoping for a spirited signature drive for the “California Human Rights Amendment.” Hoye declined to identify any major financial contributors.

The California proposal would define a person as a living human being from the time of fertilization, giving embryos equal protection under the state Constitution.

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