by Steven Ertelt
February 20, 2006
Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) — A Colorado legislator is pushing a bill for the fourth time that would allow the morning after pill to be sold over the counter without a doctor’s visit. Rep. Betty Boyd’s measure has failed three times previously because pro-life groups oppose the drug, which can sometimes cause an abortion.
Boyd announced her legislation, House Bill 1212, at a press conference at Gem Pharmacy in Littleton on Sunday.
"It’s not about ending a pregnancy, it’s about preventing a pregnancy," she said, according to a Rocky Mountain News report.
The House Health and Human Services Committee approved the measue on a 7-5 vote on Monday.
Boyd’s bill specifically prohibits prescriptions of the dangerous abortion drug RU 486 and Boyd claims her bill would lower abortion rates in the state, even though experts have admitted the drugs do not do that.
Rep. Kevin Lundberg, a Republican who intends to vote against Boyd’s bill, says he and others will oppose the measure because the morning after pill can sometimes work as an abortion agent by preventing the developing unborn child from implanting in the mother’s uterus to obtain the nutrition she needs to grow.
The morning after pill "can be abortive," he told the newspaper. "They try to gloss over that."
Lundburg also said it’s better to have doctors prescribe such drugs because they can monitor patients for any potential problems and health concerns.
Gov. Bill Owens last year vetoed a version of Boyd’s bill that would have requires Colorado health facilities to tell women victimized by rape that the drugs are available.