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October 8, 2015

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Damon Political Report

Anti-abortion group files third rewrite of ballot intiative

An anti-abortion group seeking to prohibit all forms of abortion in Nevada has filed its third ballot initiative in an attempt to craft language that will pass legal muster.

The Nevada Prolife Coalition, part of a national effort to pass so-called personhood amendments in each state, filed the rewritten initiative on Monday after yanking one that had been challenged in court by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.

It’s the third attempt by the group. A Carson City judge rewrote the original version to make clear the proposed constitutional amendment would prohibit abortions even in the case of rape or incest and would prohibit certain kinds of birth control.

Last week, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU challenged the second initiative petition, arguing it was vague and misleading.

Before that lawsuit could be set for a hearing, however, the Nevada Prolife Coalition withdrew their petition and filed a new one.

The new one makes clear the initiative seeks to amend the constitution. It also specifies the amendment would prohibit abortions in the case of rape or incest, would prohibit hormonal birth control if it’s “scientifically proven” to “kill a prenatal person” and would prohibit some fertility treatments.

The amendment would allow women to be treated for “spontaneous miscarriage,” ectopic pregnancies and certain other conditions that would threaten the life of the mother.

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