The state of Colorado might be the very first state to make both abortion and some methods of birth control totally illegal under any circumstances.
This will come about if CO State Amendment 48: Definition of a Person is passed on November 4. The basic premise of this amendment is to make the new definition of “person” in the state of Colorado anything more advanced than an unjoined sperm and egg cell. Fertilization will be the new starting point of rights and privileges for U.S. bor… er, unborn citizens, so purging the unborn will now be known to the legal eye as “murdering.”
This amendment is the brain child of one Kristi Burton, who is part of a group ironically called “Colorado for Equal Rights.” According to the group, all abortion, even in the case of rape and/or incest, should not be permitted. Those are the so-called “hard cases” for abortion that even some pro-lifers agree should be allowed. According to some groups supporting 48, though, there are no “hard cases” for abortions, and — I can’t even find the words to describe this quote:
Abortion for incest emboldens a criminal to rape his young relative, helps him escape being caught, tempts him to repeat his crime and is not compassionate because it kills a baby and increases the woman's suffering.
Those are the words of Steve Curtis, a vice-president of American Right to Life. The basis of his argument is inconceivable to me. He’s saying that while it’s wrong for a father to rape his daughter, whatever child she may bear will be forced upon her, no questions asked. A more blatant anti-woman statement I haven’t heard in a long time. I fail to see how a woman’s suffering will be decreased by having her own sibling as a child. He’s also making an amazing assumption that the father won’t rape again after the child is born. Perhaps Steve has never watched the news.
Possibly the worst part of the entire ordeal is the horribly vague wording on the amendment. Under its statute, even birth control will not be legal, as ejecting/destroying any fertilized eggs will be counted as murder. So the removal of abortion rights and the ability to use birth control will both be prohibited by this amendment. It’s almost to the point where they’re just not allowing women to have sex at all.
Even if abortion is wrong in some circumstances — and it is – some women get raped, are victims of incest, or just fall victim to an unfortunate incident like a broken condom. If any of these unfortunate occurrences were to happen, Amendment 48 will strip all rights of choice away from the woman, even if she is not healthy enough to have a child. You read that correctly. Even if having the baby would kill the mother, the baby still cannot be removed. How on this earth anyone can support an amendment meant for life that may and will kill others, I don’t know.
If you live in Colorado, I urge you to let common sense overtake you and vote no on Amendment 48. People elsewhere, beware that this horror may come to your state next. "We are giving Colorado voters an opportunity to vote their conscience and protect the most innocent and helpless ones among us,” the organization added.
Apparently they never got the memo that they were creating new ones.