Planned Parenthood is Spending Millions to Keep Abortions Up to Birth Legal in Colorado

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 22, 2020   |   5:33PM   |   Denver, Colorado

The nation’s largest abortion chain is spending huge amounts of money to try to keep abortions legal for any reason up to birth in Colorado.

Colorado Politics reports Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups have spent $6.8 million in opposition to Proposition 115, a ballot measure that would prohibit late-term abortions in Colorado.

Colorado is one of the few states with no limits on abortions, and abortionists there openly advertise abortions in the third trimester. The ballot measure would protect viable, pain-capable unborn babies by banning late-term abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy. Exceptions would be allowed if the mother’s life is at risk.

Though polls consistently show strong public opposition to late-term abortions, abortion advocacy groups are spending millions of dollars to swing votes in their favor.

According to the report, Abortion Access For All, a coalition of pro-abortion groups that includes Planned Parenthood, spent $6.8 million opposing the ballot measure during the first two weeks of October.

Here’s more from the report:

Their spending has been more consistent, with between $1.3 million and $2.5 million each month since August. Most of the group’s money came from Planned Parenthood and [Colorado Families First, the group advocating for a new family/medical leave law]. The groups supporting the abortion restriction have spent $333,000 in total.

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Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar abortion chain that supports late-term abortions on viable unborn babies, including sex-selection abortions and abortions that target unborn babies with disabilities. It does about one third of all abortions in the U.S. each year. Last year, Planned Parenthood reported more than 345,000 abortions and a record $1.6 billion revenue.

If Proposition 115 passes, it could save thousands of babies’ lives. 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, and pro-lifers estimate the number is closer to 300.

Colorado is very liberal politically, and pro-life advocates have had a difficult time passing pro-life laws 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, pro-lifers believe 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.

Doctors and scientists support Proposition 115, too, citing evidence of the value and humanity of unborn babies.

“As healthcare professionals we are totally aware of the science of human development. The humanity of a 22-week fetus is apparent to each of us. There can be no doubt that the 22-week fetus is fully alive and fully human,” they wrote in an open letter in September.

They said premature babies born at 22 weeks are surviving, and their survival rates are growing. At some hospitals in the U.S., their survival rate is 70 percent, they wrote.

Abortion lobbyists admit that most late-term abortions are done on healthy mothers carrying healthy babies. According to research by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, “most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”

Speaking with the Catholic News Agency this week, Dr. Tom Perille, president of the Democrats for Life of Colorado, said many Democrats and even some pro-choice voters support ending late-term abortions in their state.

“Prop. 115 should pass because it appeals to the moral sensibilities of Coloradans and reflects a popular consensus when abortion restrictions are appropriate,” Perille, a retired physician, told the news outlet. “If a baby born prematurely at 22 weeks enjoys all the rights and privileges of other Colorado citizens and is protected by state/federal law, a fetus in utero at that exact same gestational age should not be able to be legally and cruelly killed.”