Colorado Springs Newspaper Endorses Abortion-Personhood Amendment 48

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 3, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Colorado Springs Newspaper Endorses Abortion-Personhood Amendment 48

by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 3
, 2008

Denver, CO ( — The Colorado Springs Gazette is one of the few newspapers to issue an endorsement for Amendment 48, the ballot measure Colorado voters will consider tomorrow. The measure calls for defining the beginning of human life at conception and could impact abortion and bioethics issues.

Under the "Gazette’s take on ballot issues," a column appearing in the October 29 edition of the paper, the Gazette includes Amendment 48 in its "Yes" listing.

The newspaper also published an opinion piece titled "Personhood Amendment safeguards human life," in which amendment sponsor Kristi Burton explains the purpose of the ballot measure.

"This clarification is necessary because when the original state constitution was written, the biological information we now have available didn’t exist," Burton says in the accompanying editorial.

"This left an ambiguity that has been seized by special interests for their own purposes. The same special interests tried to keep Amendment 48 off the ballot. They claim they want choice, but they don’t want to allow Colorado voters to decide this issue," Burton adds.

The article goes on to address "scare tactics" used by pro-abortion opponents of the amendment.

"The Personhood Amendment isn’t an attack on women’s health care," Burton says.

"Mothers also possess personhood and the amendment in no way endangers their well-being," she explains. "Doctors and families are always allowed to choose to save the one life they can instead of doing nothing and letting two people die. Amendment 48 merely provides a common-sense foundation for making future decisions."

The article listed the 85 groups supporting personhood, and the fact that the personhood amendment is supported by doctors.

Burton’s article in the Gazette concluded with this summary: "It shouldn’t matter if you vote Republican or Democrat or if you are Christian or atheist, we all have a responsibility to protect innocent life. Colorado voters have an unprecedented opportunity to do that by acknowledging what we know to be true. Vote yes on 48."

The most recent poll showed Amendment 48 trailing by a wide margin.

A new Rocky Mountain News/CBS4 survey released last week found the measure losing 68 to 27 percent.

Of the 68 percent of Colorado voters who say they oppose the measure, a strong 61 percent say they will "definitely" oppose the amendment.

According to the survey, 61 percent of Colorado voters said they would definitely oppose Amendment 48 and another 7 percent said they would probably do so. Another 22 percent said they would definitely vote for it and 5 percent said they were likely supporters.

Five percent of Coloradoans are undecided.

The poll was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican polling firm, and it surveyed 500 registered voters from October 21-23. There is a 4.38 percentage margin of error.

Pro-life groups have been divided on the proposal, with some favoring it and others worrying about a negative impact on the efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade if it gets challenged in court and the Supreme Court strikes it down.

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