Nevada ‘personhood’ advocates appeal court ruling
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Proponents of an initiative to change Nevada abortion law are asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling blocking circulation of their petition.
Personhood Nevada organization President Olaf Vancura said Tuesday there’s still enough time to get the petition on the November ballot if the high court grants an expedited hearing and rules quickly.
Carson City District Court Judge James Russell decided Jan. 8 the petition was vague and violated a state law limiting ballot questions to one subject.
A Personhood Nevada lawyer argued the intent of the proposed constitutional amendment is to protect the dignity of human life. He said future courts would decide how to apply the law.
The ACLU of Nevada and Planned Parenthood argued the initiative would have sweeping effects on abortion rights.