Practice and repetition do not always guarantee success. Just take a look at the personhood movement for proof. The concept that fertilized eggs should have the same legal rights as a human being continues to be a loser, even as its supporters launch ever more attempts to find traction.
Ohio is the latest dead end. Just months after the most conservative state in the country, Mississippi, roundly rejected personhood, proponents in Ohio appear to have almost no chance of putting a measure on the ballot this fall. Slate is reporting that anti-choice zealots have secured only about five percent of the signatures required.
It’s looking increasingly likely that an Ohio anti-abortion group is going to come up short in its bid to land a so-called “personhood” amendment on the state’s November ballot.
The Associated Press checked in on Personhood Ohio to see where they stand as the July 4 deadline looms. In short, the group is nowhere close to the 385,000 signatures they need to land the referendum on the state ballot. So far the group has gathered 20,000 odd signatures in support, or a little more than five percent of the number it needs with two weeks to go.
People in Ohio aren’t the only ones to see the potential for radical harm. Campaigns in Nevada and California have already died. Meanwhile, it looks like Colorado will get a third opportunity to tell personhood advocates that they are not in favor.