By Julian Pecquet - 12/22/11 04:15 PM EST
A federal judge in Nevada has thrown out a petition to get an anti-abortion initiative on the 2012 ballot — on the grounds that it’s incomprehensible.
“To me it is not clear,” Carson City District Judge James Wilson told petitioners late Wednesday, according to news reports. “It is not capable of being rehabilitated through rewriting.”
The petition, from Personhood Nevada, states: “The term ‘person’ includes every human being.”
“The initiative will impact some rights Nevada women currently have to utilize some forms of birth control, including the ‘pill;’ and to access certain fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization,” the rewritten ballot measure reads. “The initiative will affect embryonic stem cell research, which offers potential for treating diseases such as diabetes, Parkinsons disease, heart disease, and others.”
Abortion-rights groups applauded both decisions.
“Taken together,” Planned Parenthood state policy official Amanda Harrington said, “what we can take away is that these amendments are going to be hard-pressed to find success anywhere.”
The petitioner, Personhood Nevada, is expected to appeal Wilson’s decision.
Personhood amendments were on the ballot in Colorado in 2008 and 2010 and in Mississippi in 2011. They failed each time.