Pro-Life advocates in Colorado have again qualified an abortion restriction for the November ballot.
This proposition would ban abortions after 22 weeks, except in cases where the mother’s life is threatened. Pro-lifers were able to collect some 153,000 signatures despite the challenges of the Chinese Virus.
This measure has national implications: Colorado was the first state in America to provide for legalized abortion back in 1967 – well before the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade. Approval of the measure would send a strong signal to the current Court that America has rejected its moral compass.
Currently, Colorado has almost no restriction on the practice of abortion, which led to the destruction of 12,390 preborn children in 2017 – the last year for which we could find data. The state currently requires parental notification when a minor girl seeks an abortion. And tax funding for abortions is limited to rape, incest and life of the mother.
Efforts to protect babies have been repeatedly rejected by a hostile, Democrat controlled Legislature.
Defenders of the Innocent have made repeated attempts to use the ballot box and initiative process to gain protections for babies at risk. Those efforts have thus far been rebuffed by voters. In 2008, for instance, an amendment to the Colorado Constitution was proposed which would have defined life to begin at conception. That measure was opposed by 73% of Colorado voters.
Perhaps this measure will fare better: Abortions continue to decline in Colorado. And the measure would apply restrictions toward the end of the 2nd Trimester.
We pray for their success.