Constitutional Initiative No. 102 (CI-102)

Pastor John's Two Cents

We are providing you with this information to assist you as you reach a decision concerning CI-102. I believe that the originators of this initiative have struck the heart of the matter. They recognize that God is the giver of life, that life begins at conception, and that the life given by God at the moment of conception constitutes a person.

In the historic Roe vs. Wade decision, the court used the Ninth and then the Fourteenth Amendments to support the majority decision. It is impossible for someone to support the outcome of the Roe vs. Wade decision without relegating a child in the womb as being a non-person, not one of "the people." I believe that CI-102 is a step in the right direction for America to come to the place where it once again agrees with God on this matter.

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Constitutional Initiative No. 102

This initiative must be on the right track.

What Pro Choice Montana has to say about this initiative:

"On Wednesday, July 1, the Montana Pro-Life Coalition launched a campaign to eliminate the right for Montana women and families to make private medical decisions regarding reproductive health care. This dangerous measure would establish legal rights starting at fertilization with the intent of banning legal abortion in our state and threatening stem-cell research, in-vitro fertilization, and birth control."—http://www.prochoicemontana.org/

Other Resources

The Montana ProLife Coaltion provides many helpful resources. You will find places where we differ on theology, but on the subject of abortion, they are a trustworthy group.

Resources to Download

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The Petition

The Affidavit

A PowerPoint Presentation on The Personhood of the Unborn

BALLOT LANGUAGE

CONSTITUTIONAL INITIATIVE 102

A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED BY INITIATIVE PETITION.

The due process section of the Montana Constitution provides that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. CI-102 amends the due process section of the Montana Constitution to define "person" as used in that section to include every human being regardless of age, health, function, physical or mental dependency, or method of reproduction, from the beginning of the biological development of that human being. It directs the legislature to implement this definition of person by appropriate legislation.

[ ] FOR amending the Montana Constitution’s due process section to define "person" to include every human being from the beginning of the human being’s biological development.

[ ] AGAINST amending the Montana Constitution’s due process section to define "person" to include every human being from the beginning of the human being’s biological development.

COMPLETE TEXT

SUBMITTING TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF MONTANA AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE II OF THE MONTANA CONSTITUTION DEFINING "PERSON" FOR THE PURPOSES OF SECTION 17 OF THAT ARTICLE; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE.

Section 1. Article II section 17 of The Constitution of the State of Montana is amended to read:

Section 17. Due process of law. (1) No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.

(2) As used in this section, the word "person" applies to all human beings, irrespective of age, health, function, physical or mental dependency or method of reproduction, from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.

(3) The legislature shall implement this section by appropriate legislation.

NEW SECTION. Section 2. Saving clause. This amendment does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, or proceedings that were begun before the effective date of this amendment.

NEW SECTION. Section 3. Severability. If a part of this amendment is invalid, all valid parts that are severable from the invalid part remain in effect. If a part of this amendment is invalid in one or more of its applications, the part remains in effect in all valid applications that are severable from the invalid application.

NEW SECTION. Section 4. Effective date. This amendment is effective upon approval by the electorate