by Darsana Srinivasan, Fellow
National Women’s Law Center
A Montana anti-choice ballot initiative that would have changed the definition of “person” in the Montana State Constitution to "a human being at all stages of human development or life, including the state of fertilization" won’t be on the state ballot in November.
Not only would such a constitutional amendment ban abortion, but it would confuse the legal issues surrounding contraception, miscarriage, and assisted reproductive technologies. Hopefully reflecting what a bad idea it is to grant personhood to a fertilized human egg, fewer than half the required signatures were gathered for the proposal, and even the Montana Catholic Bishops refused to endorse it!