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Personhood initiative tops appeals high court will hear in Las Vegas

When the Nevada Supreme Court meets in Las Vegas to hear oral arguments in a host of appeals Monday and Tuesday, one of the most interesting cases justices will hear is Personhood Nevada V. Bristol (Emmily).

At issue is whether the Personhood Nevada initiative is something for voters to decide in the November election. For those who are unaware, the Personhood Nevada goal is to give rights to fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses or anything that possesses a single human genome.

When initiative backers sought to have the question placed on the 2010 ballot, Dr. William Ramos, Mindy Hsu and Bristol moved to keep the initiative off the ballot because it failed to stick to the single subject provision as set forth in NRS 295.009.

The district court agreed, and also found the initiative "contained a misleading and insufficient description of the effect." The "effect" in question is that abortion would become illegal if voters approve the measure.

The high court must determine if the district court erred when it ruled the single-subject rule was violated and if not, was the description so overly complex it prevented Secretary of State Ross Miller from putting it on the ballot?

Get the synopses of other court cases on tap. The two-day event will be held in the Supreme Court courtroom on the 17th floor of the Regional Justice Center, downtown Las Vegas.

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