State Judge Nixes Personhood Nevada Initiative

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A state judge says an initiative petition seeking to define a person and outlaw abortion is vague and cannot be circulated for signatures to qualify for the 2012 ballot.

District Judge James Wilson in Carson City ruled from the bench
Wednesday against Personhood Nevada after an hour-long hearing. The group's proposed initiative sought to add seven words to the Nevada Constitution, defining the word "person" to include "every human being."

Wilson agreed with opponents, including the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, in ruling that the measure was vague and did not specify to voters the scope of the measure and what it would do.

Earlier this week, Wilson gave another group, Nevada Prolife Coalition, approval to collect signatures on a similar measure, but
rewrote its description to better explain its effects.