Friday, January 17, 2014

Abortion ban introduced in state legislature

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Heather Surovik's son Brady, who died in utero due to the actions of a drunk driver, is the driving force behind a Nov. 2014 ballot initiative. - COURTESY PERSONHOOD USA
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  • Heather Surovik's son Brady, who died in utero due to the actions of a drunk driver, is the driving force behind a Nov. 2014 ballot initiative.

Conservatives again have introduced a bill that would ban abortions in Colorado by defining life as starting with a fertilized egg. The legislation is similar to past, failed ballot initiatives widely referred to as "personhood."

While the bill has little chance of passing, it has stirred up liberals and pro-choice groups. (Just check out the release from Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains below.) Pro-life groups are also rallying around a ballot initiative aimed for November 2014 that would create legal protections for fetuses. Read more about that here.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains responds to abortion ban introduced in Colorado State House

DENVER – For the second year in a row, anti-choice, anti-women’s health lawmakers in the Colorado House have introduced a bill that would define a person at conception, banning abortion and emergency contraception even for victims of rape or incest.

Rep. Humphrey, the bill’s sponsor in the House, introduced the HB-1133 today which would put the government in charge of personal, private medical decisions that should be made by the woman in consultation with her family, her faith, and her health care provider.

“Women don’t turn to politicians for advice about mammograms, prenatal care, or cancer treatments. The Colorado legislature has no place in a woman’s personal medical decisions about her pregnancy,” said Cathy Alderman, vice president of public affairs for PPRM.

Colorado voters have resoundingly rejected similarly dangerous measures to define personhood through the ballot process two times already in both 2008 and 2010 by margins of 3-to-1, making it clear that this style of legislation is not in line with our Colorado values.

“It is important that abortion remain a safe and legal medical procedure for a woman to consider, if and when she needs it,” said Alderman “Planned Parenthood will work with our coalition partners, the public, and our champions in both the State House and Senate to ensure that such out-of-touch and dangerous legislation isn’t passed.”

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