Colorado Pro-Life Group Submits Near-Double Signatures for Abortion Amdt
by Steven Ertelt
May 13, 2008
Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) — The Colorado pro-life group supporting an amendment to the state constitution that would define unborn children as persons under law submitted almost twice as many signatures as necessary. Supporters needed 76,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot but turned in 131,245.
Colorado for Equal Rights, led by 20-year-old Kristi Burton, was behind the signature-gathering effort.
"The main thing the constitution is supposed to do is to protect us," the 20-year-old Burton said Tuesday at a press conference after submitting the signatures to the Secretary of State. "But who is that ‘us’? There is currently no definition of person in the constitution."
State officials have 30 days to certify the signatures are valid and qualify the initiative for the November ballot, but Burton says she expected to hear back about the certification in a week or two.
Mark Hotaling, executive director of the Christian Family Alliance of Colorado, is also supporting the effort.
"Come November, Colorado is going to be ground zero for the issue of life in America," he said, according to a Denver Post report.
Toni Panetta, spokeswoman for the pro-abortion Protect Families, Protect Choice organization told the Post her group will strongly oppose the proposal.
"This amendment could make abortion illegal, even in cases of rape, incest, or when the life or health of a woman is at risk," she claimed. "It may encroach on everything from birth control to stem-cell research to inheritance rights."
Members of the group rallied on the capitol steps earlier this month and claimed the measure would violate women’s right to basic health care.
The measure would define unborn children as persons under state law from the moment of fertilization and it could set off a statewide battle over abortion, embryonic stem cell research and other practices that kill people before birth.
"May 13th will be a day to be remembered as a defining moment in the effort to defend all human life," Burton told LifeNews.com before turning in the signatures.
She added: "We are seeing an awakening of the powerful grassroots movement, and thousands of individuals along with myself are making the commitment not to rest until every human being is equally protected by love and by law."
Pro-life advocates in Colorado are split on the idea with some favoring the proposal and others saying it would be overturned in the courts as unconstitutional and that pro-life groups should continue fighting to change the Supreme Court and overturn Roe v. Wade, which allowed virtually unlimited abortions for the last 35 years.
Related web sites:
Colorado for Equal Rights – https://www.voteyescolorado.com