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Nevada Personhood Amendment 

January 8th, 2010: District Judge James Russell rules in favor of Planned Parenthood and ACLU arguments against Personhood Nevada Ballot Initiative. 

February 22, 2010: Personhood Nevada appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court. Supreme Court grants expedited hearing.

Richard Ziser

Text of 2010 Initiative: 


In the great state of Nevada, the term ‘person’ applies to every human being.

200-Word Description

The Nevada constitution states, “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.” Currently, some Nevadans are deprived of their inalienable civil rights, specifically their fundamental right to live, due to an arbitrary and discriminatory distinction between person and human being. While the state has no authority to grant inalienable rights, it has the obligation to protect them. This amendment therefore applies the term “person” to every human being. ‘Human being’ includes everyone possessing a human genome specific for an individual member of the human species, from the beginning of his or her biological development, without discrimination as to age, health, reproduction method, function, physical or mental dependency, or cognitive ability. This amendment benefits all Nevadans by guaranteeing, as envisioned by our founding fathers, that no one shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. It eliminates discrimination against Nevadans at the beginning of life and prohibits state intrusion in end of life decisions. This amendment codifies the inalienable right to life for everyone, young or old, healthy or ill, conscious or unconscious, born or unborn. It assures protection and dignity to our children, our infirmed and our seniors.

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