Colorado Ballot Measure Would Ban Abortions, Call Killing Unborn Babies “Murder”

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 17, 2022   |   3:25PM   |   Denver, Colorado

Colorado pro-life advocates received the go-ahead Wednesday to begin collecting signatures for a ballot measure that would make it illegal to abort an unborn baby.

Pro-lifers need at least 124,632 valid signatures if they want Initiative 56 to appear on the November ballot, Colorado Newsline reports.

The initiative would ban all abortions by prohibiting the “murder of a child” from the moment his/her life begins under Colorado law. Exceptions would be allowed if the mother’s life is at risk.

“Children shall be protected equally from murder and not discriminated against based on age or level of development,” the proposal states. “Every child, regardless of age, developmental ability or disability, health, prognosis, sex/gender, socio-economic background, origin, nationality or ethnicity deserves to live his or her own life to the fullest extent possible.”

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If the initiative passes, the same criminal penalties that apply to people who murder born children would be extended to include unborn children.

On Wednesday, the state Title Board approved the proposal submitted by organizers Angela Eicher and Rebecca Greenwood, according to the report.

After the board approval, abortion activists with the group Cobalt slammed the proposal as unconstitutional and predicted that it will fail as past pro-life ballot initiatives have done, the report continues.

“My biggest takeaway from this is that they’re not going to stop. It’s flagrantly unconstitutional. They want to ban all abortions, like this is what they want,” Cobalt political director Selina Najar said.

Colorado is one of the few states with no limits on abortions, and abortionists there openly advertise abortions in the third trimester.

In 2020, state voters rejected a ballot measure that would have protected viable, pain-capable unborn babies by banning late-term abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy.

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.

In other states, however, pro-life ballot measures, including state constitutional amendments, have passed by strong majorities. This November, Kentucky and Kansas voters will be asked to approve amendments declaring that there is no right to abortion in their states.