Planned Parenthood Rallies Against Colorado Personhood Amendment 62
by Steven Ertelt
August 31, 2010
Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) — The debate on the personhood amendment in Colorado began in earnest on Tuesday as Planned Parenthood sponsored a rally on the steps of the state capital. Backers of the amendment say they are not surprised the abortion business is behind the main opposition to Amendment 62.
Though the first effort for a personhood amendment failed by nearly a 3-1 margin in 2008 as other pro-life groups pointed out concerns, supporters are trying again.
The amendment defines unborn children as persons starting at conception and would draw an almost immediate legal challenge from pro-abortion groups.
Fofi Mendez, campaign director for the No on 62 Campaign, a group of pro-abortion organizations including Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, told AP that the amendment is "a sneaky attempt to provide constitutional and legal rights to a fertilized egg."
Her organization held a rally drawing 100 people on the steps of the Colorado state capital today along with members of the Colorado Medical Society.
Mendez told AP the coalition of pro-abortion groups will spend about $1 million campaigning against the amendment this November, which is less than the $1.7 million the group spent last time around.
"We’ll do what it takes to win again," the campaign’s spokeswoman, Laura Chapin, told the Associated Press, which noted the pro-abortion campaign is going as far as recycling old stickers and campaign signs in an effort to save funds for the campaign.
Personhood Colorado and Colorado Right to Life, co-sponsors of the personhood amendment — which other groups failed to get on the ballot in California, Missouri, and Nevada — say they are not surprised Planned Parenthood is the main group behind the opposition.
"’Protect Families Protect Choices’ appears to be a cover group for Planned Parenthood," spokesman Keith Mason said.
"Of course Planned Parenthood opposes Amendment 62, because it would cut into their profit, and tax dollars for abortion on demand. Who cares more about women: the multi-million- and billion-dollar-per-year organizations who profit from abortion, or the thousands of volunteers who don’t want to see even one more woman hurt by abortion?" Mason asked.
"Clearly, those of us who do not profit from abortion are more invested in speaking the truth — abortion kills babies and harms women. Planned Parenthood and NARAL exploit women for financial gain," he added.
The 2010 version of the amendment is different but the differences between the 2010 and 2008 versions of the amendment are minor, with language changed to say a person is a human being "from the beginning of the biological development of that human being" in lieu of "from the moment of fertilization."
Led by Dianne Irving, a faculty member at Georgetown University known for her expertise in bioethics issues, the change was made to include all unborn children, including test tube babies.
The 2008 version of the amendment, and this one, especially after the nearly 3-1 defeat at the polls in 2010, does not enjoy the support of many pro-life groups such as Colorado Citizens for Life or the state’s Catholic bishops.
The pro-life groups opposing Amendment 62 say it will certainly be overturned by the courts, adding to the pro-abortion list of cases affirming abortion, and that a better way to stop abortions is to change the courts so Roe can be overturned and abortions can be prohibited.
They are also concerned Colorado taxpayers will be stuck footing Planned Parenthood’s legal bills after a potential defeat in the courts defending the amendment.
Colorado pro-life advocates also suggest the money raised for the effort would be better spent on supporting pregnancy centers that can help women now to choose life instead of abortion and helping pro-life candidates for state and federal offices so courts can be changed and abortions stopped.
The amendment reads: "Section 32. Person defined. As used in sections 3, 6, and 25 of Article II of the state constitution, the term "person" shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being."
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