Colorado pro-choice activists on Wednesday decried a bill introduced by state Republicans in response to a grotesque crime against a pregnant woman that would give “personhood” rights to fetuses.
In March, an attacker in Colorado cut a fetus from the womb of a pregnant woman. Now, state Republicans have introduced legislation allowing an “unborn child,” from fertilization until birth, to be considered the victim of a crime.
The attack on Michelle Wilkins was an unfathomable act of cruelty. However, Colorado legislators must not use it as grounds for passing new feticide laws that will actually make pregnant women vulnerable to arrest and punishment.
A bill in the Colorado house would define life as beginning at conception. It has almost no chance of passing, observers say.
A leading “personhood” activist, in the wake of repeated losses, is advocating for his allies to focus on municipal measures instead of statewide initiatives. And a national anti-choice group, launched in October, has announced plans to do just that.
Opponents of Colorado’s “personhood” amendment have devised an online campaign to urge women nationally to stand with them to defeat the measure. Otherwise, they warn, the next “personhood” initiative might be in your town.
In a debate Tuesday night, Colorado gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez said he’s opposed to using tax dollars for abortion. As a result, he said, he’d oppose using state funds for intrauterine devices (IUDs), which he believes cause abortions.
If the election were held today, Colorado voters would approve a “personhood” amendment on the November ballot, say the measure’s opponents, who believe they can still win if their multi-faceted campaign raises enough money.
Campaign mailers underlining the anti-choice views of Republican state senate candidates Bernie Herpin and George Rivera reportedly landed in some Colorado voter mailboxes last week, stoking flames in the already hot recall elections organized in response to gun-control legislation passed in the spring.
A large conservative conference in Denver showed how conservatives are at once unable to drop their extreme abortion views and, at the same time, at a loss regarding what to say about it.