Colorado voters will have the opportunity to stop the killing of viable, late-term unborn babies in their state this November.
Ballot Proposition 115, if supported by a majority of voters, would prohibit abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy when unborn babies are viable outside the womb. Exceptions would be allowed if the mother’s life is in danger.
Currently, Colorado is one of a few states that allows unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to birth, and late-term abortionists there openly advertise abortions in the third trimester.
“I think it’s the human rights issue of our lifetime,” pro-life leader Giuliana Day told the AP this week.
The ballot measure has the potential to save hundreds of babies’ lives every year. Colorado reported 171 abortions at 21 weeks or later in 2019, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. However, a department official admitted that the number is almost certainly an under-count.
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Late-term abortions are dangerous for mothers as well as their unborn babies, and most are purely elective.
Dr. Tom Perille, president of Democrats for Life of Colorado and a retired physician, said premature babies are surviving outside the womb at 22 weeks now.
“Virtually anybody with a high school science background can understand that after 22 weeks, this is really a human being that deserves protection,” he told the news outlet.
But the billion-dollar abortion industry is fighting aggressively against the modest abortion ban, arguing that it is a “sneaky backdoor” attempt to eventually ban all abortions, according to the report. Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and other abortion advocacy groups are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat the measure, Colorado Politics reports.
Colorado is very liberal politically, and pro-life advocates have had a difficult time passing moderate abortion restrictions there. Even fetal homicide laws to punish criminals who kill unborn babies in situations unrelated to abortion have been rejected repeatedly by the state legislature.
However, a 22-week abortion limit could gain the support of moderate voters who do not think abortions should be outlawed but do support modest restrictions. Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose late-term abortions after a baby is viable.
Pro-life advocates are rallying support for the proposition through the “End Birthday Abortions” campaign. They estimate at least 300 viable, late-term babies are aborted in Colorado every year.
It is likely that most of the late-term abortions were on viable, healthy unborn babies with healthy mothers. Abortion lobbyists admit that most late-term abortions are done on healthy mothers carrying healthy babies. Research by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute also admits that “most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”