Friday, January 25, 2013

Personhood proponents back Joshi's bill

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Rep. Janak Joshi
  • Rep. Janak Joshi

Last year, Colorado voters were so supportive of a "personhood amendment" that Amendment 62, which would have mandated that "the term ‘person’ shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being," failed to even get enough support to make the November ballot.

Undaunted, Springs Republican Rep. Janak Joshi has sponsored HB 13-1032:

The bill provides that, if the commission of any crime codified in the criminal code or traffic code is the proximate cause of death or injury to an unborn member of the species homo sapiens, the prosecuting attorney, in charging the underlying offense, may also charge the homicide or assault offense that is appropriate to the death or injury.

On Monday, Personhood Colorado plans to hold a press conference at the Capitol in Denver to show their solidarity with Joshi.

From the press release:

In recent years, multiple cases of harm to women and their unborn babies have gone unrecognized and unprosecuted due to current loopholes in Colorado law. Heather Surovik, victim of a drunk driving accident who lost her son Brady as she was preparing for delivery, will be testifying and speaking at the press conference.

Colorado law currently disallows prosecution for crimes against children in the womb, allowing drunk drivers and perpetrators of violent crime against pregnant women to avoid criminal charges when found guilty of harming or killing children who have not yet been born. As seen in the recent malpractice case involving Catholic Health Initiatives, there is often no recourse for parents of unborn babies harmed or killed due to negligence or medical malpractice.

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