Catholics oppose Colorado personhood amendment

LA JUNTA, Colo. (AP) - Those who hope Colorado becomes the first
state where voters say life begins at conception are facing resistance from the Roman Catholic Church.

The amendment would change the state constitution to say that the word, "person," "shall include any human being from the moment of fertilization," with all the constitutional rights that confers.

The change wouldn't immediately outlaw abortion in Colorado. But it would set up legal battles that backers and opponents say would
compel judicial reviews of abortion rights.

The executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference says that while the church teaches that life begins at conception, Catholics fear that the amendment's passage wouldn't end abortion, but rather lead to judicial reaffirmation of abortion rights.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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