Montana Approves Anti-Choice ‘Personhood’ Amendment For Petition Drive

The Florida Independent reports that Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch (D) approved a “Personhood” initiative to move forward for signatures. The proposed ballot initiative would amend the state constitution to define a person as “all human beings at every stage of development, including the stage of fertilization or conception.” This radical right-wing effort, taking hold in several states, could essentially turn common forms of birth control “into the legal equivalent of a homicide.” The Montana Pro Life Coalition, which is spearheading this effort, will need more than 48,000 signatures to place the question on the ballot. The same coalition tried and failed to pass a similar measure last year.