Judge James Russell barred the initiative, saying it violated the one-subject rule, even though the amendment only employed 14 words: "In the great state of Nevada, the term 'person' applies to every human being."
Personhood Nevada president Dr. Olaf Vancura argues that the amendment only deals with one subject: life. He believes the ruling based off Russell's speculation that voters are not "adequately" informed on the issue violates the rights of the public.
"The legal standard for what is considered at various phases of this process is one where the people bring an initiative forward," Vancura explains. "Every effort must be made to allow the initiative to proceed because this is an issue of fundamental, First Amendment. U.S. constitutional rights," one right in particular declaring that "nothing shall abridge the people's right to petition."
"We're very disappointed and we're very saddened, but we will appeal this to the Nevada Supreme Court," the Personhood Nevada president states.
Vancura is hopeful the court will put the case on a fast track, which would likely mean a hearing in February. He is cautiously optimistic of a favorable ruling. If that is the case, 97,000 signatures must be obtained to place the pro-life proposal on the ballot.