Although it’s hard to imagine the American public tolerating the medical neglect of women in the name of protecting life, Colorado’s Amendment 48 would use the force of law to ensure that women give birth to non-viable babies rather than aborting them.
If Colorado’s proposed constitutional amendment to bestow legal rights on fertilized eggs passes this November, the state should look to Nicaragua for a model of likely effects of an abortion ban.
Self-described “pro-life” Catholic Gov. Bill Ritter has announced his opposition a Colorado ballot initiative that would define fertilized eggs as legal persons. Coloradans will vote on the amendment this November.
Is it wise for anti-choicers to bring a direct challenge to Roe to the Supreme Court, as they would if either the South Dakota or Colorado ballot initiative passes? Anti-choice activists are divided on the strategy.
An internecine fight has been brewing between warring camps of absolutists that oppose abortion under any circumstances versus those who advocate for incremental change or are willing to make exceptions in certain cases. Latest battleground: Colorado.
A strange netherworld of extremes exists in today’s anti-abortion movement. Nowhere is that more evident than in Colorado’s proposed Amendment 48, a controversial mandate that seeks to confer constitutional rights to fertilized human eggs.