(NN&V Staff) – The following joint statement on the Nevada Personhood initiative was issued today, with signers maintaining the effort threatens the pro-fife future.
We believe in the fundamental right to life for ourselves and our posterity–born and unborn, and the protection of that right under law.
We believe that advancements in science, such as DNA, and medicine, easily visible with sonograms, make the personhood of the unborn a reality recognizable to all.
We believe that the courts are the greatest threat to the unalienable right to life of the unborn. Roe v Wade has brought about the wholesale killing of the innocent unborn. We oppose abortion and support the right to life of the unborn.
Unfortunately, we believe the “Personhood” initiative petition filed in Nevada with good intent will not protect the unborn or stop abortion. A state personhood amendment cannot overturn Roe v Wade.
This amendment will harm the Pro-Life movement by giving pro-abortion courts more power to decide all matters relating to abortion, such as parental notification, informed consent, and taxpayer funding of abortion. These matters should be decided by the elected representatives of the people–state legislatures and Congress, not the unelected courts. We also believe that initiatives like these provide political and financial windfalls to abortion advocates and their candidates.
We do not consider support or opposition of the personhood petition as an indication that an individual or a candidate is Pro-life.
Therefore, we the undersigned Pro-Life organizations and individuals do not and cannot support Nevada’s Personhood Initiative. We appreciate the sentiments of those filing the measure, but recognize that it will not protect the unborn. It will end up giving unlimited power to the courts to perpetuate and expand the disastrous effects of Roe v Wade and will interfere further with any legislative efforts to stop abortion.
We choose life. Therefore, we the undersigned oppose the Nevada Personhood Initiative, the Nevada Pro-life Coalition Amendment.
Nevada Choose Life Coalition:
Nevada Life, Don Nelson President, 775-530-0029
Nevada Eagle Forum, Janine Hansen President, 775-397-6859
Nevada Right to Life, Melissa Clement, President, 775-852-2628
Independent American Party, John Wagner, Chairman
Nevada Families Association, Lynn Chapman