Colorado Gov. Ritter Will Oppose Ballot Vote on Abortion-Personhood Measure
by Steven Ertelt
October 8, 2008
Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) — Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter announced on Tuesday that he will oppose the measure that will appear on the November ballot defining unborn children as persons under law. The measure could set off a debate over abortion and lead to banning abortions and other practices that destroy human life before birth.
Ritter says he opposes Amendment 48 and called it "bad policy, bad medicine and bad law."
The governor claims he is personally opposed to abortion but has upset pro-life advocates in the state by pushing for taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business.
Ritter also claimed the amendment would create a "legal nightmare" by tying up the courts to define when human life begins and what ramifications the proposal would have on abortion and bioethics practices.
Backers of the proposal were upset by the news and Kristi Burton, initiative sponsor of Amendment 48, told LifeNews.com that Ritter’s statement was more evidence "of his continued allegiance to the abortion industry."
"Governor Ritter’s stand against Amendment 48 is typical of the stale abortion politics of the past that have gotten away from the will of the people," she said.
"The Governor’s position directly contradicts the overwhelming modern scientific evidence that now recognizes what we all know in our hearts…from the moment of conception, a new unique individual has been created," Burton added.
Burton said Ritter’s stance on Amendment 48 was another betrayal of the people of Colorado, following the push for Planned Parenthood funding.
"This is a political stunt by the Governor to help his friends at Planned Parenthood who he’s already promised to give our tax dollars back to," she said. "His friends are afraid that if Amendment 48 passes, it would prevent them from taking back the people’s money that was stripped away from their abortion industry."
"Amendment 48 would take these kind of decisions out of the hands of Governor Ritter and Planned Parenthood and give them back to the people of Colorado, which is exactly where they belong," she concluded.
Related web sites:
Colorado For Equal Rights – https://www.personhoodcolorado.com
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