Nevada Judge Clarifies Personhood Ballot Intiative To Ensure Voters Know It Could Ban Birth Control

Nevada District Court Judge James E. Wilson rewrote the state’s personhood ballot initiative yesterday “to make clear it is designed to ban all abortions including in cases of rape or incest and other vital women’s health services by granting legal protections to fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses.” The clarification was necessary, Wilson ruled, to ensure that voters know “if the initiative passes it will affect various areas including common birth control methods, the treatment of ectopic pregnancy, in vitro fertilization treatment and stem cell research.” As the ACLU noted, Nevada’s anti-choice activists “were trying to hide the ball” by not clearly stating that birth control and other women’s health services would be affected by this extreme bill — a chief reason the Mississippi personhood initiative failed.