SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — Proponents of a measure that would ban abortions by giving equal rights to fetuses have been cleared to gather signatures in California, the secretary of state’s office said Friday.

The push comes on the heels of a similar effort rejected by voters in Mississippi earlier this month. Mississippi’s measure would have banned abortion, and could have deterred doctors from doing in vitro fertilization. It also could have made some birth control illegal.

Union City-based California Civil Rights Foundation must collect more than 807,000 signatures by April to qualify for the November 2012 ballot, the secretary of state’s office said.

The foundation’s president, Walter Hoye, is an Oakland pastor known for protesting outside abortion clinics. He said he launched a similar campaign in California in 2010, but it fell short of the required signatures.

“The more of this conversation that we have, the stronger the pro-life movement becomes,” Hoye said.

He said he is hoping for a spirited signature drive for the “California Human Rights Amendment.” Hoye declined to identify any major financial contributors.

Hoye’s group is not affiliated with Personhood USA, which sponsored the Mississippi initiative.

The California proposal would define a person as a living human being from the time of fertilization, giving embryos equal protection under the state Constitution.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office and Department of Finance said if voters adopted the initiative, the potential cost to the state could be in the tens of millions of dollars annually to establish due process and equal protection for “zygotes, embryos, and fetuses.”

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Comments (7)
  1. Tracy says:

    This ‘people’ should keep out of women’s decisions and lives.

    1. Guapi says:

      In other words… “Just let desperate women kill their babies as they see fit.”

  2. John says:

    Hopefully California is more educated and intelligent than Mississippi and this will die way before they attain anywhere close to that many signatures.

  3. pro-life guy says:

    The voters need to reject this bill because the government shouldn’t have a law that forces all women to choose what a pro-lifer would normally choose. It is not a “one size fits all ” scenario. Each woman might be in a different situation than the next, so they should be allowed to choose what they want to do, as they see fit. Passing this bill would mean that all women would have to follow this way, even if it isn’t the best solution for their situation and it could also lead to a rise in harmful/super dangerous “abortion” methods because no doctor would want to perform the right way, out of fear of losing their license. .

    It is wrong for the pastor to force his views regarding this matter on everybody else and trying to make the decision for all the women out there.

    1. pro-life guy says:

      hopefully, people won’t sign this petition at all and keep it off the ballot in the first place.

    2. Guapi says:

      Phony pro-life guy…. There is a better way. It’s called adoption. A woman can make a couple very happy with the gift of a baby vs. dealing with pian and agony later of having killed the life inside them.

  4. Nobody says:

    Its sad how many people out there are uneducated and don’t even know what they are voting for. The dumb people out there will make this pass.

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