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2008 Ballot Issue CI-100

Ballot Language of Constitutional
Initiative No. 100

CI-100

A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED BY INITIATIVE PETITION.

CI-100 amends the Montana Constitution’s Declaration of Rights to provide that all persons have a paramount and fundamental right to life. It extends constitutional rights to all persons from the moment of conception. It adds a definition of “person” that includes all stages of development, including fertilization. The definition of “person” also includes all stages of life regardless of age, health, level of functioning or condition of dependency.

[ ] FOR amending the Montana Constitution to provide a right to life from conception that includes all stages of life, regardless of age or health.

[ ] AGAINST amending the Montana Constitution to provide a right to life from conception that includes all stages of life, regardless of age or health.

 

THE COMPLETE TEXT OF CONSTITUTIONAL INITIATIVE NO. 100

Section 1.   Article II, section 3, of The Constitution of the State of Montana is amended to read:

            "Section 3.   Inalienable Right to life and inalienable rights. (1) Every person has a paramount and fundamental right to life.

      (2) All persons are born created free and have certain inalienable rights from the moment of conception. They include the right to a clean and healthful environment and the rights of pursuing life's basic necessities, enjoying and defending their lives and liberties, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and seeking their safety, health and happiness in all lawful ways. In enjoying these rights, all persons recognize corresponding responsibilities.

      (3) As used in this article, "person" includes a human being at all stages of human development or life, including the state of fertilization, regardless of age, health, level of functioning, or condition of dependency.

     (4) Subsections (1) and (3) and the language regarding the moment of conception in subsection (2) must be implemented by legislation."