by Steven Ertelt
March 30, 2006
Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) — A Colorado bill that would make it the next state to allow sales of the morning after pill over the counter without a prescription receive the state Senate’s approval on Thursday. But Gov. Bill Owens has expressed concerns about the bill and may veto it.
The Senate voted 21-14 for HB 1212 on a second reading vote and once it gives the bill a final approval on Friday it heads to Owens’ desk.
Dan Hopkins, a spokesman for the governor, told the Associated Press he’s not sure if Owens will sign the bill, but he is concerned that it would allow young teenager to purchase the drug without having to see a doctor.
"He does have some very serious concerns about this bill," Hopkins said.
Should Owens veto the measure, Rep. Betty Boyd told AP she didn’t think it would be worth trying to override the veto because the legislature doesn’t have the two-thirds vote necessary to approve it.
The Food and Drug Administration has previously rejected a proposal from Barr Laboratories, the Plan B pill’s maker, to sell the drug over the counter to young teens because it didn’t provide enough information on how the drug would affect them.
Pro-life lawmakers voted against the measure in part because the morning after pill can sometimes cause an abortion. The House already signed off on the legislation.
Three Republican, including Sens. Nancy Spence, Ken Kester and Lewis Entz, joined all of the chamber’s Democrats in approving the measure.
The measure, which Boyd sponsored, failed to clear the Republican-controlled legislature the first two years, but Democrats control it now and had the numbers to push the bill through. Democrats prevented Republican lawmakers from offering any amendments to the bill this year.
Last year a measure to force hospitals to provide the morning after pill to rape victims drew an Owens veto because he said it would require religious hospitals to violate their beliefs against using the drug.