DENVER (AP) — Colorado voters have rejected a proposal to add “unborn human beings” to the state’s criminal code, a measure that some feared could ban abortion.
It was the third attempt in recent years to grant “personhood” to the unborn.
Voters across most demographic groups rejected Amendment 67 in Tuesday’s election, according to exit poll results. It was rejected by voters who identified as Democrats and independent or other although a majority of Republicans voted for it.
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The measure also faced some opposition among those who opposed abortion and who identified as evangelicals or born-again Christians.
The personhood issue was an important part of the U.S. Senate race, with Sen. Mark Udall highlighting congressman Cory Gardner’s past support of measures to grant legal rights to fertilized eggs. Roughly 6 in 10 Gardner voters backed Amendment 67.